Wednesday, November 21, 2018

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.

Whanganui mental health expert delivers stark drug and alcohol warning

The community as a whole needs a rethink on the way alcohol and drugs are used to address the mental health crisis gripping Whanganui.

Step closer to new law that would automatically jail people who attack paramedics

A new law could strip judges of the power to decide on anything less than jail time for people who attack paramedics and other first responders.

Women of health: the pioneers and first leaders

In the 1890s New Zealand women not only took great strides by gaining the vote but also started making their mark on the country’s health services. Health Central looks at the remarkable group of pioneering women doctors, nurse leaders and health reformers who graduated or rose to prominence in that heady decade.

New scholarships launched for Māori allied health professionals

Nominations are being sought for a new scholarship awards to help grow and develop the Māori allied health professional workforce including supporting kaupapa Māori approaches.

Cardiac surgery team members to strike

Strike notice has been given by Auckland DHB’s clinical perfusionists as attention turns to other health professions seeking to settle backlogged negotiations with DHBs.

Surgeons share breakaway union’s concerns over new rosters

A breakaway ‘junior doctors’ union are negotiating a new agreement with district health boards arguing that new hospital rosters are not safer and reduce crucial training time.

Planned new physiotherapy school hopes to reduce shortfall

Plans to launch New Zealand’s first new physiotherapy school in 45 years are being welcomed by Physiotherapy New Zealand to help ease the national shortage of physiotherapists.


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.