Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Radiation therapy may be coming to Hawke’s Bay Hospital

Hawke's Bay Hospital may be in line to receive one of Palmerston North's ageing linear accelerators that are used to deliver radiation therapy.

$224m funding boost for North Shore/Whangarei hospitals

The Government will invest more than $200m in a new elective surgery unit at North Shore Hospital.

New physiotherapy school given green light for 2019

The Physiotherapy Board has given the go-ahead for New Zealand’s first new physiotherapy school in 45 years.

Five carriers of rare superbug found in Hutt Valley

A cluster of five carriers of a rare antibiotic resistant superbug – usually linked to returning travellers – has been found in the Hutt Valley with two of them hospital patients.

Anaesthesia – much more than putting you to sleep

Chocolate-based pain relief and stroke blood clot removals are the subjects of two anaesthetist-led research projects highlighting this year’s Anaesthesia Day theme: Anaesthesia is not sleep. It’s so much deeper.

Snowballing membership for new Federation

Most of the country’s biggest PHOs and General Practice New Zealand have now signed up to the new ‘single voice’ Federation of Primary Health Aotearoa that now encompasses general practices serving about 3.7 million Kiwis.

Historic Waitangi Tribunal inquiry into Māori health underfunding underway

The first of more than 200 Waitangi Tribunal claims into health inequities faced by Māori – including underfunding in the multi-millions of Māori health providers – got underway this week in an historic hearing at Tūrangawaewae Marae.

Shock tactics to save a life

Today is Restart a Heart Day. Do you know where your closest defibrillator is? Have you signed up to the app so you could be the life-saving first responder to a cardiac arrest nearby?

Top and bottom towns for job-hunting junior doctors

Whakatane is top choice, Whanganui bottom and Waikato the least popular of the tertiary hospitals for first year doctors for 2019, according to the Resident Doctors Association. But the ‘bottom choice’ DHBs’ disagree.

World Sight Day: Look after your eyes in later years

One in 10 people over 70 develop glaucoma, which can lead to sight loss. Blind Foundation’s Claire Fitzgerald reminds us of the importance of looking after our vision, especially in later life.


Opinion: Dr Tracy Chandler – Sugar questions answered

With November being Diabetes Awareness Month, Dr Tracy Chandler (aka Dr Wellness) says it’s perfect timing to answer two commonly asked questions about sugar.


Sponsored: Empathy, culture and kindness – the quest for healthier communities

It’s going to take a groundswell of change to inject the empathy and values-based leadership that is so desperately needed in society. Jude Barback talks to Anah Aikman, the founder of Changing Lenses, about how we can achieve this change in our communities.