Midwife shortage forcing women to leave the city to find one

A shortage of midwives in Rotorua is forcing some pregnant women to travel up to an hour out of town to see one.

Union calls for higher pay for midwives

The midwives' union, MERAS, is calling for higher pay for midwives to address staffing shortages.

Tauranga midwife working 80 hours a week as service shortage reaches ‘crisis’ mode

Tauranga midwife Cara Kellett sometimes works up to 80 hours a week and sacrifices sleep to keep up with her workload.

Midwifery in ‘crisis’ with pregnant women unable to find lead maternity carers

Midwives have appealed to the Government to urgently deal with a "crisis" in their sector, as they say pregnant women are struggling to get maternity care.

Hauora Māori Scholarships open

Māori students across all health disciplines are invited to apply for the latest round of Hauora Māori Scholarships that aim to help grow the Māori health workforce.

Registrars say Waikato Hospital’s plastic surgery unit is operating illegally

The plastic surgery department at Waikato Hospital is so understaffed registrars are constantly on call and working days without rest, putting patients at risk and forcing cancellation of clinics and surgeries, according to a damning letter from doctors.

Govt monitoring the midwife crisis in Wanaka

As concerned Wanaka mothers prepare to write to the Government seeking a solution, Government officials say there is ''no quick fix'' to the midwife crisis in Wanaka.

Pay gap for mental health workers to be closed

Unions have welcomed news that Government is to start negotiations to close the pay gap for mental health workers created by last year’s pay equity settlement for aged care and home support staff.

Doctors still outstripping nurses for getting seasonal flu jab

Doctors topped the list for getting the flu vaccine last year with the call going out once more for health care workers to get the annual jab to help protect vulnerable patients.

Nurses and midwives continue to fight for collective agreement

An improved pay offer was confirmed as the highest priority in a survey of district health board nurses held in the lead-up to nurse’s union and employers starting mediation today


Opinion: “We are at our wits’ end” – one family’s experience...

A young woman shares with HealthCentral the frustration she and her family feel as they struggle to navigate the mental health system to get the right help and support for her sister.