Sunscreen tests show need for regulation

Consumer NZ's latest test of sunscreens highlights New Zealand's situation of classifying sunscreens as cosmetics is not protecting consumers and needs to change.

Midwife deregistered after practising while suspended

A midwife's registration has been cancelled after she provided midwifery services to a friend despite being suspended from practising because of concerns about her competency.

Auckland pharmacist suspended for selling addictive drugs without prescriptions

A pharmacist has had his practising license suspended after he sold "excessive" amounts of addictive prescription drugs to customers without a prescription.

Expert: Addressing supply just one area of tackling synthetic drug abuse

Addressing supply is just one issue in a multi-pronged approach required to tackle synthetic drug abuse.

Hospital adopts green initiative to stop drugs going down the sink

A nurse-led initiative is stopping liquid morphine and similar drugs at a Wellington Hospital from being flushed into New Zealand’s waterways.

Havelock North chiropractor censured and fined for failing to keep records

Over nine years, a Havelock North chiropractor failed to take adequate notes 7156 times - failures which could place "the public at risk and lower standards in the profession."

Top doc backs calls for reduced liquor hours in Northland’s Far North district

Cutting back liquor sale hours could reduce the Far North's high level of alcohol-related harm, a public health expert says.

No risk despite Whangarei Hospital blood bank staffing hiccup

Patients are not at risk and on-site blood services continue as usual, despite Whangarei Hospital's blood bank accreditation being put on-hold, says the Northland District Health Board.

Urologists condemn ban on all mesh products – women left without options

The decision to ban all mesh  for urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse, has been condemned by the  Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand. Medsafe announced on Monday that it was following Australia in...

Waikato DHB told to make changes after losing drinking water accreditation

Waikato District Health Board - which monitors 90 drinking water suppliers in the district – has lost its drinking water accreditation.


Opinion: Dr Tracy Chandler – Sugar questions answered

With November being Diabetes Awareness Month, Dr Tracy Chandler (aka Dr Wellness) says it’s perfect timing to answer two commonly asked questions about sugar.


Sponsored: Empathy, culture and kindness – the quest for healthier communities

It’s going to take a groundswell of change to inject the empathy and values-based leadership that is so desperately needed in society. Jude Barback talks to Anah Aikman, the founder of Changing Lenses, about how we can achieve this change in our communities.