Northland meningococcal immunisation programme for 22,500 children begins today

Northland's District Health Board boss hopes parents opposed to vaccinating their children will throw their principles out the window and get them immunised against the deadly new meningococcal strain.

Abortion rally draws hundreds to Parliament

Hundreds have taken to the streets of Wellington calling for easier access to abortion.

No change to Bay of Plenty and Lakes districts’ meningococcal vaccine recommendations

Toi Te Ora Public Health is advising Bay of Plenty and Lakes districts there is no change to meningococcal vaccination recommendations, in light of the outbreak of (type W) in Northland.

Midwives to end fortnight of rolling strikes with National Day of Action

Rolling strike action by hospital midwives ends this Wednesday after a fortnight in which some hospitals demanded more midwives be on duty during the strikes than a normal day, says midwives union MERAS.

Orion Health to buy back up to $144.6m of investors’ shares

Orion Health will pay up to $144.6 million buying back shares from investors in the healthcare technology firm that struggled to achieve the big aspirations it had when it went public four years ago.

Dec 1 brings cheaper GP visits for many

More than 80 per cent of general practices have signed up to deliver cheaper GP and NP fees from December 1 for Community Service card holders and extend free visits to 13-year-olds.

Expanded medicinal cannabis bill passes second reading

The bill allowing the use of medicinal cannabis for ill and dying patients has passed its second reading and been expanded to all people needing palliative relief. By Lucy Bennett.

Lance O’Sullivan sparks debate on quality of NZ doctors

Former New Zealander of the year Dr Lance O'Sullivan has slammed the health system, saying he's enraged at seeing "another brown kid" die in New Zealand.

HealthCare NZ appoints new CEO

New Zealand’s largest home and community-based support services provider appoints a new chief executive.

Growing worry over bugs that beat even last-resort antibiotics

Scientists have sounded concern over an organism resistant to a type of "last resort" antibiotic which is being seen in a rising number of New Zealand cases this year.


Opinion: Dr Tracy Chandler – You are not a number

As we embrace the New Year, Dr Tracy Chandler (aka Dr Wellness) says we should be celebrating our uniqueness and aim for a one-size-does-not-fit-all approach to your health.


Sponsored: Volunteers tackle diabetes in Papua New Guinea

Working with local health providers, Volunteer Service Abroad is tackling diabetes in Papua New Guinea.