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Winter illnesses put public hospitals under pressure

There have been a growing number of reports around the country of hospitals struggling to keep pace with demand. According to Stuff more than 300 people had turned up to Waikato Hospital’s emergency department...

Doctors and patients support ban on medicine advertising

As part of a review of the Medicines Act, the Ministry of Health has been consulting on whether the law should continue to allow medicine advertising - or Direct-to-Consumer Advertising (DTCA). And now a Consumer NZ survey shows...

Unions voice concerns over mental health budget priorities

In a joint working paper analysis of Budget 2019, Council of Trade Unions Economist Bill Rosenberg and Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Director of Policy and Research Lyndon Keene estimate, in real terms, a...

New cancer treatment services for regions announced

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister David Clark announced yesterday that tranche one of the Government’s cancer plan will be the purchase of 12 Linear Accelerators (LINAC) machines over the next three years....

New abortion laws attract mixed reactions

Under the proposed new laws announced today by Justice Minister Andrew Little, abortion would be removed from the Crimes Act and overseen by the Ministry of Health. Under the proposed legislation, there would be a...

Euthanasia bill moves forward despite fierce opposition in Parliament

A bill legalising assisted dying has inched closer to becoming law, despite plans by critics for a long and messy battle. Act leader David Seymour scored a win late in Parliament on Wednesday as changes...

New guide for greening New Zealand’s health sector

In response to the need for more sustainable practices needed in health, Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter has launched a new guide. “The health sector sustainability report highlights encouraging progress on climate change, as well as...

Workshops to discuss transformation of mental health services begin

The Ministry of Health is today holding the first of five workshops with mental health and addiction leaders and those with lived experience to discuss plans for new frontline services announced in the Wellbeing...

Measles epidemic: Auckland schools told to send people home if they get a measles...

Auckland schools and childcare centres have been told to send home all unvaccinated children and staff if they get a case of measles this term. The move comes as schools reopen today after a two-week...

Waikato DHB survey indicative of national crisis

ASMS Executive Director Ian Powell says a survey of departmental heads at Waikato District Health Board reveals the DHB needs another 48.6 full-time equivalent (27.6%) specialists – but at the time of the survey...

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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