Winter flu, Brexit put beloved UK health service on sickbed

This winter, a daily drip of grim stories from Britain's health care system has triggered a flood of alarm.

Psychology workforce needs “urgent attention”

A call today to double the number of educational psychologists follows the Psychological Society highlighting concerns about psychologist shortages across the board, in its briefing to Health Minister David Clark.

Search on for country’s best rural general practice team

Rural people are being invited to share the stories about why the team at their local general practice is the best in the country.

North Dakota links to new “Shortland St” general practice

A North Dakota-based health care provider, Sanford Health, has announced it will open a general practice in central Auckland next month in partnership with local provider Omni Health.

Students favouring health, engineering and IT over accounting, teaching

New Zealand is training a lot more doctors and nurses, but fewer accountants and teachers, as students seek out courses that will get them good jobs.

InterRAI pilot makes it easier for RNs to become assessors

A new partnership with Whitireia allows nurses to complete their interRAI assessor training as they do their Competency Assessment Programmes (CAPs).

Patea’s struggle to pin down permanent doctor continues

Patea residents are needing urgent hospital care because the town has no permanent doctor.

Editorial: David Clark needs to deliver for Patea

The lack of a permanent doctor in Patea was a talking point handed to the Opposition on a platter last year.

More health professions dropped than added in skills visa review

Midwives are the only health profession to be added to the skills shortage list following Immigration New Zealand’s latest review. Dropped from the lists are dentists and anaesthetists and an attempt to add mental health nurses was unsuccessful.

Pharmac CEO and Ministry’s Chief Nursing Officer announce job changes

Pharmac’s chief executive Steffan Crausaz and Chief Nursing Officer Dr Jane O’Malley have both announced their resignations to pursue new leadership roles in primary health.


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.