DHB stats show allied health most understaffed

Ballooning deficits – in part due to higher than expected patient volumes over summer – and understaffing are revealed in the latest District Health Board financial data.

Precedent-setting decision for on-call allied health staff

The Court of Appeal has rejected a DHB appeal so Timaru anaesthetic technicians will now be paid the minimum wage while on-call duty.

Junior doctors and DHBs re-start pay talks

Junior doctors - who took strike action early last year – are back to the negotiating table next week with speedier action on their safer hours settlement on the agenda.

Allied health potential being ‘unlocked’ in South Island initiative

Unlocking the potential of the allied health workforce and improving patient care delivery will be helped by the accreditation of New Zealand’s first Calderdale Framework practitioners, believes the South Island Alliance.

On call 24/7 for $7.38 an hour – fair?

A Whanganui midwife says she will be forced to give up the profession she loves if the "midwifery crisis" is not taken seriously.

Action plan launched to boost nursing’s ability to enhance Kiwi’s health

Pay equity, a national nursing model of care, training for all charge nurse managers, boosting the Māori nursing numbers, and safe staffing are all part of a new NZNO action plan for nursing.

GP retirement ‘wave’ to peak over next five years, finds survey

The ageing GP workforce trend may be slowing but more than a quarter of GPs are looking to retire in the next five years, according to 2017 GP workforce survey.

‘Someone has to hold the fort’ – Community mental health worker on why she’s...

Community support worker Sandra Rawenata is on $20 an hour after working with people experiencing mental health challenges for 18 years. To mark International Women’s Day this week, the Council of Trade Unions interviewed Sandra and contributed this article to Health Central on the personal impact to women like Sandra of unequal pay.

Calls from frustrated nurses go viral

Nurses facing strike action if they reject the latest district health board (DHB) pay offer are taking to social media to express their frustrations and seek public support for fairer pay.

Major mental health “stocktake” calls for reform – including suicide reduction target

The mental health system is under pressure, the workforce showing signs of strain and a broader approach is needed to meet unmet needs, says a major mental health stocktake by the Mental Health Commissioner.