Anaesthetic tech strikes continue

Hawke’s Bay anaesthetic technicians are striking again today, Southland are following tomorrow and Northland techs are planning a 48 hour strike over ongoing pay and staffing level disputes with their DHBs.

Staff burnout on agenda for first Kiwi doctor to lead peak emergency medicine body

His recent tour of the States’ emergency health services was a lesson in ‘how not to do it’ says Dr John Bonning - the first Kiwi head of the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine. But New Zealand still has room for improvement. By Rebekah Fraser.

Māori, Pacific straight-to-interview policy likely to be copied: expert

All eligible Māori and Pacific job candidates are being automatically fast-tracked to the interview stage for openings at Auckland DHB.

‘Gumboot expert’ – from city slicker to country clinician

The country has a critical shortage of rural podiatrists but one former Wellingtonian now proudly boasts she is New Zealand’s ‘podiatry gumboot expert’.

Around 9000 allied health staff receive DHB pay offer

Allied health staff belonging to the PSA will decide later this month whether to accept what their union is calling a significant offer from the 20 DHBs.

APEX anaesthetic techs strike and PSA techs go to vote

Northland DHB anaesthetic technicians walked off the job today for 24 hours to highlight a growing workforce crisis which both unions representing DHB techs say is serious.

Anaesthetic technicians and lab workers issue strike notices

The winter of discontent looks likely to be extending into the spring with more health workers up and down the country issuing strike notices over short staffing and pay concerns.

Allied health staff back in talks

DHBs and the PSA return to the allied health and technical staff pay talks today with the recent Oranga Tamariki social worker’s pay equity settlement fresh in people’s minds.

Self-employed midwives continue to seek pay equity

The College of Midwives met with the Ministry of Health this week as it continues to pursue pay equity after recognition that self-employed midwives’ income should at least double.

Midwives urged to reject DHB pay offer as not “nurses by another name”

The midwifery union MERAS is urging its members to reject the DHBs pay offer as it fails to recognise their base claim for a pay differential over nurses.


Opinion: Dr Tracy Chandler – Sugar questions answered

With November being Diabetes Awareness Month, Dr Tracy Chandler (aka Dr Wellness) says it’s perfect timing to answer two commonly asked questions about sugar.


Sponsored: Empathy, culture and kindness – the quest for healthier communities

It’s going to take a groundswell of change to inject the empathy and values-based leadership that is so desperately needed in society. Jude Barback talks to Anah Aikman, the founder of Changing Lenses, about how we can achieve this change in our communities.