New online dementia education resource

A new online dementia education resource has been created to support GPs and practice nurses to build confidence, competence and consistency in assessing, diagnosing and managing mild cognitive impairment and dementia.

Stroke survivor and carer shares experience with stroke study day attendees

Almost 250 stroke service providers, stroke teams, general practitioners and practice nurses from across the South Island learnt about a wide range of stroke-specific topics at the annual South Island Stroke Study Day. The event focused on enhancing the daily practice of stroke delivery and quality care and included the management of post-stroke depression, and the transition from hospital to home.

Home care services under threat

Home and community support services are under threat because the current funding model for the sector is unsustainable.

Disability system transformation group announced

Disability Issues and Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner today announced the group responsible for designing the new disability support system.

Healthbots set up home at Selwyn

Following a trial at Selwyn Heights retirement village in 2013, the Selwyn Foundation has now introduced four robotic seals – or healthbots - to promote interaction and provide comfort for residents in Selwyn rest homes.

New pressure injury guidelines welcomed

National guiding principles for preventing and managing pressure injuries have been launched at the New Zealand Wound Care Society Annual Conference in Rotorua this week.

High level of interest in Healthy Ageing Strategy

Around 2000 people took part in discussions around the Healthy Ageing Strategy and a summary of more than 200 submissions has been released on the Ministry of Health's website.

End of Life Choice Bill drawn from ballot

The controversial End of Life Choice Bill has been drawn from Parliament’s ballot. It is expected to provoke much debate on a topic that has many strong advocates and opponents. JUDE BARBACK reports.

Review of disabled people-led monitoring initiative welcomed

Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner is welcoming a review of the disabled people-led monitoring initiative.

Mental health nursing vacancies create pressure

High vacancy rates for mental health nurses were not new but still concerning with nurses sometimes overwhelmed by patient demand, say nursing leaders.


Employers anxious mental health worker settlement won’t be fully funded

The Government's intentions to extend the pay equity settlement to mental health and addiction support workers has been welcomed, but employers want to see the new settlement fully funded.