Major Cochrane review confirms HPV vaccine effective and safe

A major review of studies involving 73,000 women worldwide shows the HPV vaccine was both effective and safe at protecting women against pre-cancerous cervical lesions.

Racism the reason for rheumatic fever in NZ, says study

Blatant racism from health care workers, combined with poor housing, are a big part of why acute rheumatic fever still exists researcher Dr Anneka Anderson tells journalist Jody Hopkinson.

Mental Health Foundation backs ‘counselling for all’ idea

The Mental Health Foundation says a Government system of partially funding counselling services is stupid.

‘Whole lot’ of priorities for Middlemore, says new chairman Mark Gosche

New Counties Manukau District Health Board chairman Vui Mark Gosche says there are a "whole lot" of things that are a priority in his new role helping to sort out Middlemore Hospital.

More than the population of Taupo diagnosed with cancer every year

Cancer is now the number one killer in New Zealand. More than 23,000 people are diagnosed every year, according to figures released by the Ministry of Health today.

Sexual boundaries clearly set in new physio standards

The first ever professional standards for physiotherapists include clear guidelines on sexual boundaries, advertising and treating friends.

Kidney patients reluctant to ask loved ones about kidney donation

Nearly half of people who need a new kidney chose not to ask family or friends to donate one of theirs, preferring to wait for someone to offer, a new study has found.

Revolutionary blood test for people with chronic pain set to be unveiled

A world-first blood test which has the potential to revolutionise the diagnosis and treatment of people with chronic pain is being revealed at a conference in Sydney today.

GP visits change under money-saving model

A dramatic shake-up in the way patients visit their GP could spell the end of long waits and short consultations, as well as wasted healthcare.

Auckland DHB surgeons demand change as big gaps in cancer care found

Surgeons have demanded an urgent "sea change" at one of the country's largest health boards and accused management of recklessness.


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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