Opinion: Jonathan Broadbent – Childhood dental inequalities quickly worsen after free dental care stops

Dentistry researcher Jonathan Broadbent sees the inequality gap in people’s teeth¬ dramatically worsen once free dental care stops at age 18 and argues that a sugary drink tax and expanding publicly-funded dental care deserve a chance.

Opinion: Jenny Carryer – Health Minister needs courage to do things differently

Professor Jenny Carryer wonders if the challenges facing the health sector keeps the Health Minister awake at night – and suggests some ‘courageous’ solutions to some of those challenges.

Opinion: John Ryall – Diagnosing a better health system

The Government is committed to restoring the $2 billion-plus that they say the previous administration took out of our public health system in its nine years in office. But are we looking in the right place when it comes to investing in better health for New Zealanders?

Opinion: Emanuel Stoakes – new Bill risks damaging social work reputation

A new Bill could see vulnerable health clients being supported by practitioners who are not registered or accountable, argues social work advocate Emanuel Stokes.

Opinion: Heather Casey – reminder that mental health is everybody’s business

With the Mental Health Inquiry underway, Heather Casey shares a cringing experience to remind health professionals that mental health is ‘everybody’s business’ and to think hard about their own attitudes.

Opinion: Siouxsie Wiles – Menstrual cups and toxic shock: rinsing is not enough!

Microbiologist Dr Siouxsie Wiles shares insights on a new study that shows menstrual cups and cotton tampons may not be as safe as people are being led to believe.

Opinion: Claire Terblanche – the tortuous path for overseas GP to become NZ GP

An experienced South African GP shares the frustration of reading of New Zealand’s GP shortages when she and her colleagues can face years of waiting before they can practice.

Opinion: Nicky Wagner – vaping law change needed now

Regulating vaping – including allowing sales of nicotine-vaping liquids – is needed now to meet the Smokefree 2025 goal, says MP Nicky Wagner who has submitted a private member’s bill based on her work as former associate health minister.

Jacqui de Ruiter: Where are the women in abortion law-reform discussion?

Jacqui de Ruiter says if there's going to be a conversation about abortion, let it be open and honest.

Opinion: Eric Crampton – bittersweet on Otago’s sugar tax response

New Zealand Initiative economist Eric Crampton responds to University of Otago researchers recent call for a UK-style soft drinks levy and their critique of the NZIER sugary drink tax report.


Clinician with “passion for public healthcare” to lead Ministry of Health

Dr Ashley Bloomfield was announced today as the new Director General of Health – the third appointment this decade to lead the controversy-hit Ministry of Health.

Sick at heart