Thursday, September 19, 2019
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Measles outbreak: Call for national approach as expert advice not ‘addressed’

Infectious disease experts have warned that a generation of New Zealanders are still vulnerable to contracting measles due to a lack of national approach. Health Ministry documents revealed the Ministry received expert advice in 2017...

DHB psychologists vote to strike later this month, to refuse overtime work for five...

Psychologists working across the nation's 17 district health boards have voted to refuse working overtime for five weeks as part of strike action. Members voted in favour of the first nationwide strike for psychologists in...

The Government has approved a $14.6m laboratory expansion for Middlemore Hospital

Health Minister David Clark has approved Counties Manukau DHB's self-funded $14.6 million dialysis and cardiac laboratory expansion at Middlemore Hospital. The new facilities at the hospital would make a real difference to the lives of...

Government abortion law announcement ‘weeks away’ . . . again

Abortion law reform advocates are calling for the Government to "get the lead out" after what appears to be further delay to long-awaited legislation. Justice Minister Andrew Little has been looking at potential changes to...

Vaccinating vulnerable will save lives during flu season

Influenza is one of New Zealand’s most infectious diseases affecting about 20 per cent of the population each year. This year, however, due to a high demand in vaccination, some GPs and pharmacies around the...

Salvation Army to trial free GP clinic in West Auckland

The Salvation Army is to trial a free GP clinic in West Auckland because it says there's an immediate demand for it. It is holding the clinic once a week over July at the army's...

Obese patients stuck in Middlemore Hospital

Four severely overweight patients have been stuck at Middlemore Hospital for months because there is nowhere suitable for them to be discharged to. The Counties Manukau District Health Board said the patients no longer required...

‘Miracle drug’ Keytruda approved for use earlier in melanoma treatment

A cancer treatment described as a "miracle drug" by many patients has been approved for use in melanoma patients before their cancer spreads and becomes advanced. Until now, Keytruda had only been approved for use...

Respiratory ‘WOF’ improves Māori and Pacific children’s asthma management

Hawke’s Bay Māori and Pacific children have a much higher rate of hospital admissions for respiratory disease (7.3 and 10.4 per 1000 respectively) compared with New Zealand European children (4.5 per 1000). Unichem Russell St...

Whanganui and Rangitikei water supply under microscope in Ministry of Health water quality report

A report looking into the country's drinking water quality shows both Whanganui and Rangitikei district councils failed to comply with standards and aspects of the Health Act - mainly around reporting. The Ministry of Health...

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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