Overhaul ACC to cover illness not just injuries, argues Sir Geoffrey Palmer

ACC should be overhauled to meet the original vision of a single system for people incapacitated by both illness and accidents, says former Prime Minister Sir Geoffrey Palmer.

NZ’s record high suicide numbers prove need for action, says health minister

New Zealand's latest "upsetting" suicide statistics underscore the Government's efforts to confront the issue, Health Minister David Clark says.

Whooping cough outbreak hits Tauranga

Tauranga is caught in the grip of a whooping cough outbreak which has already doubled last year's numbers.

Myth that drinking milk boosts phlegm when sick

Health professionals need to rebut the myth that drinking milk boosts phlegm and worsens the common cold to asthma, says a UK expert.

Mental health focus of World Physical Therapy Day

The link between physical health and mental health – and physiotherapists' role in supporting people with mental health issues – is the focus of this year’s World Physical Therapy Day.

System failing Kiwi women with advanced breast cancer, says new report

The 300 Kiwi women told each year they have advanced breast cancer are likely to die twice as fast as people in comparable countries, says a just released Breast Cancer Foundation report.

Head of mental health quits after damning report

The head of Bay of Plenty District Health Board's embattled mental health and addiction services has left her job.

Syphilis outbreak: Health professionals urge New Zealanders to take care

By: Emma Russell The syphilis outbreak is now the worst it has ever been in New Zealand, with health professionals urging people to take extra precautions. A total of 470 New Zealanders were reported to have...

Kiwis amongst world’s most inactive adults, finds global study

A new global report on physical activity shows the world’s richest countries are becoming increasingly inactive – and New Zealanders are the third ‘laziest’ of the rich Western nations.

More isn’t better – new cautions on unnecessary X-rays, scans and screening

New cautions – ranging from reducing unnecessary ultrasounds of pregnant women to being careful how health professionals talk about statistical risks and benefits – have been released by the Choosing Wisely campaign.


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...