International nursing degrees equivalent to Level 3

Care and support workers holding nursing degrees from the Philippines, India, South Africa, Australia and the United Kingdom now hold qualifications equivalent to the New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Level 3).

Best practice: training and staff development

JUDE BARBACK talks to four organisations that are seeing results with changes they have made to their approaches to training and staff development.

Opinion: Pay equity settlement funding formula flawed

Care Association New Zealand (CANZ) co-founder VICTORIA BROWN says residential aged care providers should not have to pay for the pay equity settlement out of their pockets because the methodology is so flawed.

Protecting the psychological wellbeing of aged care staff

Liam Butler interviews Occupational & Clinical Psychologist Dr Giles Burch.

Our aged-care workforce: should we be looking overseas, or under our noses?

Migrant workers comprise a significant and growing chunk of New Zealand’s aged care workforce. But with global competition at play, what should we be doing to make our aged care roles more appealing for people both from overseas and in New Zealand?

New dementia framework launched

A new strategic framework for New Zealand’s dementia community was recently launched by Alzheimers New Zealand, replacing and building on the National Dementia Strategy 2010-2015.

A day in the life of an InterRAI Educator

INsite asks MELISSA HALL what attracted her to becoming an interRAI educator and what a typical day involves.

Decline in new nurses in mentored rest home programmes

The number of new nurses being employed by rest homes and aged care hospitals through mentored new graduate programmes has fallen this year – despite keen applicants still job-hunting.

Decision on international RN quals proving contentious

The decision to make international Registered Nurse qualifications equivalent to the New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing Level 3 is proving controversial with the residential aged care sector.

Aged care nurses meeting demand…for now

The number of registered nurses working in aged care facilities has increased significantly since 2011 and is "more than keeping pace" with New Zealand’s growing need for dementia, hospital and psychogeriatric care. However, could the impact of the equal pay settlement deter RNs from entering aged care nursing?


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.