Samoa seizes MMR vaccines

Two toddlers have died in Samoa following MMR vaccinations.

Nurses vote to strike

Thousands of nurses will walk off the job for the first time in 30 years, after rejecting the DHBs' latest pay offer.

New heart of Christchurch health sector blessed

Health students, researchers and educators will soon start using a new joint post-quake facility to boost health training and research collaboration in Christchurch.

Slow start to flu season so far this winter

Record number of Kiwis have got a flu shot this year with concern high after a severe northern hemisphere flu season but at present flu rates are still ‘unseasonably low’ in New Zealand.

Ian Powell announces departure from New Zealand’s largest medical union

The executive director of New Zealand's largest medical union is stepping down after 30 years.

Number of obese Kiwis predicted to nearly double in 20 years, say reseachers

Based on new analysis the number of New Zealanders who are obese will nearly double from 1.1 million in 2015 to 2 million in twenty years’ time  – with major health impacts if public health action is not taken.

Medical and other health science students benefit from loan cap lift

The student loan cap extension for long undergraduate degrees will see more doctors, dentists, optometrists and vets finish their degrees.

More equitable nurses deal recommended by NZNO

A new district health boards’ offer that boosts the minimum pay increase – up from previous offer’s 9% to closer to 12.5% over three years for longstanding staff – is being recommended by nurses’ union NZNO to its DHB members.

Strike postponed as improved DHBs’ offer goes out to nurses

The nurses’ union NZNO has withdrawn notice of the July 5 strike after agreeing to put an improved district health boards' offer out to members in an online vote next week.

Teenagers swamp sexual assault helpline in first month of launch

More than 1200 people have called a new sexual harm helpline - most of them teenagers.


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.


Follow your passion: Study health

Sponsored article If you are someone who aspires to work in a health-related career, or you already do and are looking to advance your knowledge...