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: 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: Kathy Spencer – We should pay doctors to work only in the public...

Surgeons have an interest in long waiting times. Contracts to work only in the public system could help.

Correct te reo pronunciation respectful first step for health professionals

Keri Opai, the creator of the award-winning te reo glossary for mental health, encourages health professionals to embrace te reo – and a first step is for all clinicians to pronounce Māori words properly.

Opinion: Anna Reeve – ‘Men are not talking about their problems’

Men don't talk about their mental health or their problem enough writes Anna Reeve

Opinion: Bryan Gould – Health care an ongoing battle against ills of poverty

Battling poverty brings huge benefits to the whole community writes Bryan Gould

John Loof: Daffodil Day says we could be the healthiest place on the planet

New Zealand is not the healthiest country in the world but we could be if we wanted to be.


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.


Extra Health Support For Busy People

People spinning multiple plates often need additional support over and above good nutrition and exercise. Here’s how addressing things at the sub-cellular level can help.