Opinion: Laura Keys – Hear my voice

ICU nurse Laura Keys daily work is literally keep her patients’ breathing and their heart beating. Originally published on the ‘New Zealand, please hear our voice’ social media forum she is now sharing her story with Health Central.

Opinion: Jackie Edmond – trust women to make their own decisions about abortion

Jackie Edmond shares why Family Planning believes the current abortion law is “not fit-for-purpose” in 2018 and why it supports a Law Commission review.

Opinion: Dr Merryn Gott – ‘Caregivers’ definition changing

It is time for family caregiving to be brought out of the shadows, writes Dr Merryn Gott.

Opinion: Dr Ricci Harris – Is your unconscious ethnic bias impacting on Māori patient...

Dr Ricci Harris says it is naïve to think that ethnic bias can not occur amongst caring health professionals – but steps can be taken to identify and change unconscious attitudes that may impact on patient health.

Laurie Kubiak: NZIER’s review of studies of sugary drinks tax finds no benefits

Laurie Kubiak refutes Professor Swinburn's suggestions that the NZIER's review was politically motivated and that they were selective in the review of the literature.

Opinion: Ken Perrott – Fluoridation critic’s tour is scaremongering with irrelevant research

The current anti-fluoride campaign tour is a last ditch attempt to stop the Fluoridation Bill and is using irrelevant research to scaremonger, argues scientist Ken Perrott

Opinion: Shaun Cavanagh – Inquiry should invest in new mental health workforce

Shaun Cavanagh wants the Mental Health Inquiry to lead to greater support for the mental health workforce including supporting new allied health disciplines like his own, recreation therapy, that has struggled to get established in New Zealand.

Opinion: Chris Reid – Is this the end of after hours doctors?

It is widely acknowledged that the increasing average age of rural GPs means there is a workforce crisis on the near horizon. Kicking hard-working GPs in the teeth will only hasten this writes Chris Reid.

Opinion: Corinne Austin – Prescribing exercise is a real science

Just as you don’t allow anyone to prescribe a drug you shouldn’t trust just anyone to prescribe exercise, argues New Zealand Personal Trainer of the Year Corinne Austin.

Opinion: Tony Fernando – Compassion insights for doctors and nurses from end-of-life patients

Compassion requires very little effort from doctors and nurses but it will be remembered by our patients until the end, says Dr Tony Fernando.


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.