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Radiographers at public hospitals to walk off the job again today

More than a 1000 workers who provide x-rays and scans will walk off the job at public hospitals again today. It's the second 24-hour strike by radiographers, or Medical Imaging Technologists (MITs), this week. The group,...

We have seen the tooth fairy, but where are the toothbrushes?

New Zealand Dental and Oral Health Therapists’ Association (NZDOHTA) is disappointed that the promises made in Budget 2014 have still not been implemented by the Ministry of Health. In a Budget 2014 announcement Associate Health...

“We simply can’t cope anymore” – Radiographers set to strike

Nearly 1100 DHB-employed Medical Imaging Technologists (MITs) across New Zealand are set to strike for 24 hours commencing at 0700 hours on Monday 30th September and are voting on a proposed second 24-hour strike on...

Initial Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission appointed

The Government has announced details of the initial Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission which will play a key role in driving better mental health in New Zealand. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she wants to...

Shifting deck chairs on the Titanic: aged care sector reacts to proposed new funding...

The way rest homes are currently funded could be set to change after the much-anticipated release of the Aged Residential Care Funding Model Review. The review is suggesting a move away from the current...

Health & Disability Review missing “an unequivocal expectation of equity in health”

The interim report from the Health and Disability System Review is missing “an unequivocal expectation of equity in the health and disability system” says a Māori health expert. The Health and Disability System Review Panel...

Call for pharmacists to be allowed to vaccinate for measles

The Ministry of Health reported on September 3 that there had been 975 confirmed cases of measles in New Zealand this year with 812 of these in the Auckland region. The latest ESR public health...

Microplastics in drinking water signals need to curb plastic pollution

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a report on microplastics in drinking water, including an early assessment of potential risks to human health. The report says we're all drinking microplastics, and the direct effects...

New advice on meat, dairy and eggs

Following a substantial review of current evidence, the Australian Heart Foundation has issued new advice on meat, dairy and eggs. Unflavoured full-fat milk, yogurt and cheese are have been given the green light and the...

Changes to Health Star Rating system likely

The five year review of the Health Star Rating system considered how well the objectives of the system have been met and also identified several options for improvements. The Review concluded that overall the system...

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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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