Mental health inquiry: Hope stirs amid the wreckage

Mental health inquiry says 'there was some rage' as it acknowledges public frustration but remains confident of delivering blueprint for change to Government.

Government scrapping of police mental health pilot ‘disgraceful’, says National

National says the Government's decision to scrap a pilot improving emergency mental health call responses is 'disgraceful'.

Changes still to be made after multiple failings in care of mental health patient

Desperately-needed changes to mental health services prompted by failings in the care of a patient with complex needs, have yet to be implemented.

Mental health staff to be surveyed on safety

Feedback on the current safety culture at New Zealand’s mental health and addiction services is being sought in a staff survey by the Health Quality & Safety Commission.

Men’s health: Self-medicating depression with drugs

Plenty of everyday men – and women – turn to alcohol or drugs to ‘self-medicate’ or cope with anxiety and depression. Rachel Helyer Donaldson talks to some New Zealand experts on the issue.

Mental health support workers to get back-paid pay equity settlement

As nurses and District Health Boards go into mediation the Government has confirmed that up to 5000 mental health and addiction support workers will get a pay equity boost backdated to July last year.

Mental Health Inquiry receives more than 5000 submissions

More than 5000 submissions have been received by the Mental Health and Addictions Inquiry which formally closed submissions earlier this month.

Students doing ‘Whatever It Takes’ to tackle mental health, including hosting national inquiry

Through a social enterprise venture, students at St John's College have been able to partner with a vital cause in the local community.

Opinion: Rachel Stewart: Silence, then judgment – our approach to suicide isn’t working

Suicide. A dirty word? Or something that really needs to be talked about?

Extra detox bed welcomed, but not the only answer

A $16.7m funding grant to boost the number of Auckland detox beds from 20 to 30 is welcomed by drug and alcohol practitioners but they says beds are only part of the answer.


Death: the symptoms of dying

How much do many of us actually know about the act of dying? In the first of Health Central’s special focus on death and dying – The Death Series – FIONA CASSIE talks to palliative care specialist Brian Ensor about the symptoms of dying.


Remote radiology service offers treatment for waiting lists

A virtual radiology service being set up by SEQURE Health could double the capacity of District Health Boards to read X-rays, CT Scans, MRI...