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Treat drugs as a health issue, says justice sector review

Amongst the recommendations in the report the Group call on the Government to strengthen regulation of alcohol, legalise and regulate personal use of cannabis, and consider that for all drugs; treating personal drug use...

PHARMAC to fund more cancer medicines and faster assessment announced

PHARMAC has confirmed that two new medicines – olaparib for ovarian cancer and fulvestrant for breast cancer – have been approved for funding. “This means five new cancer medicines have been funded in the last...

Samoa Measles Epidemic – Cash the best way to support

“It has been heartening to see again, the generosity of the New Zealand public during a crisis, but it is key that support matches the immediate needs in Samoa”, says CID’s Humanitarian Coordinator, Aaron...

$5m project to begin building NZ’s first ‘gene bank’

Scientists are building New Zealand's first genomic database - with the hope of tackling some of the biggest diseases hurting Kiwis. A collaboration with iwi, the Genomics Aotearoa Rakeiora programme is also taking aim at...

Government opens Suicide Prevention Office

The Government has officially opened the country's first-ever Suicide Prevention Office and has also announced an extra $12 million in funding for Māori and Pacific suicide prevention. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the office was...

Thousands more people to get mental health training

The Government has announced up to 12,000 more people will receive mental health training over the next four years. Making the announcement in South Auckland today, Health Minister David Clark said more than 300 nurses...

At least a third of kids are vaping – principals

High-decile schools say at least a third of their students are trying vaping - and they want quick action to regulate it. The Secondary Principals' Association and 36 individual principals of mainly high-decile schools have...

New Zealand’s health system at ‘tipping point’

Emergency Department use and acute admissions are growing at twice the rate of the population, causing burnout among overworked doctors amid what is described as a "tipping point" for the health system. Authors of the...

Funding announced for new mental health facility

MidCentral DHB welcomes Government funding of $30m to upgrade the Adult Inpatient Acute Mental Health facility at Palmerston North Hospital. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister of Health Dr David Clark announced the funding package...

First major HIV discovery in 20 years

US-based scientist and distinguished Otago alumna Professor Carole McArthur and her team of researchers are behind the recently announced discovery and identification of a new HIV subtype, which has been characterised by US healthcare company...

DR WELLNESS

More than just a ‘pill for every ill’

Dr Tracy Chandler (a.k.a. Dr Wellness) says we need to move beyond the current ‘pill for every ill’ model of general practice to a more patient-centred integrative approach.

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