Opinion: John Fitzgerald – Psychologists’ view on Mental Health Inquiry

John Fitzgerald, the President-Elect of the New Zealand Psychological Society, says psychologists want the inquiry to help build a service focused not on ‘fighting fires’ and ‘quick fixes’ but building community resilience as well as a skilled and motivated mental health workforce.

“Napoleon in a mental hospital”: Generations project aims to reduce social isolation among older...

The release of a report compiled by the social innovation project ‘Generations’, aims to find solutions to an issue that looms large for an ever-expanding demographic – the social isolation and feeling of invisibility experienced by so many older New Zealanders.

Poverty link with children’s mental health ‘unarguable’: Children’s Commissioner

Children growing up in disadvantaged homes are more likely to need anti-psychotic medication, new research has found.

Auckland patients at risk of going blind to be treated in series of mega...

Auckland residents at risk of suffering irreversible blindness will have the chance to be assessed by doctors at a series of upcoming "mega" clinics.

Meningococcal disease increases in Fiji, NZ, calls for more vaccines

Kiwis escaping the winter to catch the rays in Fiji are being warned to be vigilant as the Pacific nation grapples with an outbreak of meningococcal disease.

International Nurses Day: nurses saying ‘enough is enough’

Nursing leaders are wary of how to celebrate International Nurses Day this year after nurses’ pent-up frustration at safe staffing and pay issues simmer to the surface and nurses ready themselves for nationwide marches this Saturday, reports Nursing Review.

Tobacco-free researchers wary of think-tank’s quit smoking report

The motivation of a think tank’s report promoting alternative tobacco products to reduce smoking harm while ‘dismissing’ public health steps is being questioned by tobacco-free researchers.

First ‘virtual consultation’ guidelines for Allied Health launched

A best practice telehealth guide for Allied Health clinicians on how and when to deliver care via ‘virtual consultations’ was launched this week at the sector’s annual conference.

Psychological Society offering free Jubilee parenting seminars

Parenting tips for nurturing the future mental health of their children are being offered in free public seminars as part of the New Zealand Psychological Society’s 50th jubilee celebrations.

Medsafe warning over risk of taking turmeric with warfarin

Medsafe has issued a warning to health professionals to be aware that natural health products containing turmeric/curcumin may interact with warfarin – putting patients at risk of serious bleeding.


Clinician with “passion for public healthcare” to lead Ministry of Health

Dr Ashley Bloomfield was announced today as the new Director General of Health – the third appointment this decade to lead the controversy-hit Ministry of Health.

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