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.

New bill seeks more data on health professionals to help prevent workforce shortages

A new Bill seeks better data on health professionals to improve workforce planning and forecasting – as well as promoting teamwork between health professionals.

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.


FDA warns teething medicines unsafe, wants them off shelves

Federal health officials warned parents Wednesday about the dangers of teething remedies that contain a popular numbing ingredient and asked manufacturers to stop selling their products intended for babies and toddlers.