A voice of hope: Mental illness survivor Genevieve Mora speaks out

After 10 years of crippling anxiety, hiding her symptoms in shame, now 23-year-old Genevieve Mora is speaking out to remove the stigma around anxiety disorders.

Lance O’Sullivan: Taking a big leap for a good cause

Bungy jumping off a bridge takes guts - but so does dealing with an often debilitating disease.

Speaking out for Foetal Anticonvulsant Syndrome

In honour of September's annual FACS awareness month, Ki, a youth ambassador for Foetal Anticonvulsant Syndrome New Zealand (FACS NZ), is speaking out about the often unknown syndrome.

Local Focus: Jiu-jitsu gives hope to boy with lung condition

The sport of Jiu-jitsu requires speed, agility and fitness. And for this young Tauranga boy, it's his passion.

Not all heroes wear capes, some wear scrubs

Young cancer survivor and New Zealand Herald columnist Jake Bailey reflects on growing assaults against healthcare workers and a Queensland law making an impact across the Tasman.

Stroke carer and survivor shares her story

Shona Andrell has seen stroke from both sides - for 20 plus years as a carer for her husband and more recently as a stroke survivor herself.  She shared her experience of how the quality of stroke care has improved at last year's annual South Island Stroke Study Day and here shares it again.

Story of a stroke survivor

In the run-up to the annual South Island Stroke Study Day, we share this story of a husband and wife who are both stroke survivors and look at the care and support that is such an important part of their rehabilitation.

Brave girl beats the odds after horrific reaction

A young girl was left fighting for her life after suffering an extremely rare, horrific allergic reaction following a vaccination.

Stroke survivor and carer shares experience with stroke study day attendees

Almost 250 stroke service providers, stroke teams, general practitioners and practice nurses from across the South Island learnt about a wide range of stroke-specific topics at the annual South Island Stroke Study Day. The event focused on enhancing the daily practice of stroke delivery and quality care and included the management of post-stroke depression, and the transition from hospital to home.

I don’t need an advance care plan yet… Yeah right

A year ago Tairāwhiti nursing leader Dr Heather Robertson had started work on a draft advanced care plan when she had a traumatic car accident. She shares some hard won advice and thoughts on advanced care planning.
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THE DEATH SERIES

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.

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