Opinion: Keith McLea – Gastro ‘terrible event but ‘useful science’

New research from groundwater scientists has shown that campylobacter can survive in the groundwater system for two weeks, writes Dr Keith McLea.

Opinion: Dr Tracy Chandler – Stress management

In this week’s opinion piece, Dr Tracy Chandler (a.k.a. Dr Wellness) talks about some quick and natural solutions for managing stress.

Response: Monina Hernandez – migrant nurses shouldn’t be channelled only into aged care

More investment in the aged care nursing workforce is the answer to shortages, argues Monina Hernandez, not channelling migrant nurses into a specialty that may not be their preferred choice.

Opinion: Dr Tracy Chandler on stress

This week, Mental Health Awareness Week, Dr Tracy Chandler (a.k.a. Dr Wellness) says we need to be mindful of the many triggers of stress.

Opinion: Marion Blake – sector ready for bold, courageous action

Hopeful messages flood the airwaves for Mental Health Awareness Week but these sharply contrast with the frustration of many interacting with or working in the mental health system, says Marion Blake.

Opinion: Dr Tracy Chandler – Conventional medicine has its limitations

Dr Tracy Chandler, also known as Dr Wellness, says conventional medicine only swings into action once a disease has developed, whereas integrative medicine is about looking for the little clues before the disease develops.

Opinion: Jenny Song – a story of cultural caregiving

Jenny Song could see the fear in her 90-year-old father’s eyes at finding himself a stroke patient in a hospital where he understood nobody.

Opinion: Eseta Finau – Young Pacific migrants not the solution for aged care staffing

A World Bank suggestion that Australasia solve its shortage of aged care workers with young Pacific migrants is patronising and insulting, says Pacific nurse leader Eseta Finau. Instead, she argues in an NZNO blog, Pacific, Māori and other young people should be welcomed into nursing.

Opinion: Keri Opai – He mana tō te kupu / Words have great power

Keri Opai argues that hearing your name pronounced correctly won’t cure cancer but it is a respectful and mana-enhancing act

Opinion: Eric Crampton –‘not-so-sweet’ advice to Government

New Zealand Initiative economist Eric Crampton looks at who told what – and when – on the economic and health evidence for and against a sugar tax.


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.