Opinion: ‘Our hearts are broken as much as our son’s brain’

A mother and grandmother from a small South Island rural town has written to the Health Minister and Prime Minister sharing her frustration and heartbreak in seeking help for her son – who has both mental health and P addiction problems – and calling for greater support and therapy options for people like her son.

Opinion: Efeso Collins – obesity is a crisis for my community

Auckland Councillor Efeso Collins talks to Hāpai Te Hauora about new data on obesity in Auckland and what he wants done differently to combat the obesity crisis in his community.

Editorial: Health targets need to be published

Any new performance measures should be published.

Opinion: Barry Soper – Shell-shocked DHBs bracing themselves

Support is growing for District Health Boards to give their admin staff pay rises of between 15 and 45 per cent.

Opinion: Audrey Young – Labour ditches national health targets with no debate on their...

Health Minister David Clark's sudden decision to drop national health targets is at odds with Labour's previous insistence on the value of specific targets to measure progress on child poverty.

Opinion: Mark Jones – Nurses’ strike about more than just the money

Dr Mark Jones, was the country’s Chief Nurse back in 2006 when safe staffing recommendations for public hospital nurses were first released.  He argues that the current nursing discontent, can be traced back to those safe staffing recommendations still not being implemented more than a decade later.

Opinion: Arish Naresh – Do you even lift your toothbrush, bro?

Oral health is one aspect of men’s health that gets little attention and should this Men’s Health Month, argues Arish Naresh.

Death, dying and icecream – facing my fear of death

As part of Health Central’s series on death and dying, FIONA CASSIE reflects on her own mixed experiences.

Opinion: Michael Geraghty – a mega MECA ‘rant’

NP Michael Geraghty shares a senior nurse’s view on the year-long MECA talks culminating in the historic vote underway.

Opinion: Andy Espersen – Mental Health Act failing people with chronic schizophrenia

Andy Espersen – a retired psychiatric nurse – recently made a submission to the Mental Health and Addictions Inquiry team arguing that history shows that the Mental Health Act is failing people with chronic schizophrenia, the old residential hospital system had its strengths, and more mental health inpatient beds are needed.
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THE DEATH SERIES

Death: the symptoms of dying

How much do many of us actually know about the act of dying? In the first of Health Central’s special focus on death and dying – The Death Series – FIONA CASSIE talks to palliative care specialist Brian Ensor about the symptoms of dying.

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