Dark side of party town Queenstown: Addiction rates double

The number of people seeking treatment for addictions in Queenstown has doubled in two years.

Health Budget 2018 at a glance: winners, losers & the “wait & sees”

Health Central gives you a bullet point summary of ‘bread & butter’ health budget that delivers a record $1.5 billion extra for health – more than half to fix hospitals and cover DHB debt.

Budget 2018: Doctors under the pump after cheaper access announcement

Cheaper doctor visits for over 600,000 New Zealanders marks a win for health, but with that comes a growing strain on GPs.

No Budget signals for DHB nurse pay deal – funding still ‘under wraps’

Details are still under wraps for what the Government has tagged to try and resolve the nurses pay deal without a winter strike – but the Budget does bring more nurses in schools.

Jacinda Ardern: Pharmac will be protected in trade deals after Trump threats

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has assured New Zealanders that Pharmac will be protected in future trade agreements.

PM signs nurses’ union open letter

Prime mMinister Jacinda Ardern a week out from the Budget signing NZNO’s open letter calling for sustainable health funding is a heartening ‘signal’, says the nurses’ union.

Kiwi ‘water only’ schools promotion wins Dental Association international prize

Dentists stepping up to help their local schools become ‘water only’ has received global recognition from the World Dental Federation.

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.

Asbestos debris and residue discovered at Whangarei Hospital

Asbestos debris and residue discovered in a supply storeroom at Whangarei Hospital has forced its closure and staff have been told to see their doctor if they experience any breathlessness or feel unwell.

Renewed calls for sugar tax following damning report on kids’ tooth decay

A damning report on kids' tooth decay has prompted renewed calls for more regulation of sugary drinks and junk food.


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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