There's nothing that stops you in your tracks like when you hear that someone you knew as a healthy, successful individual has suddenly died.
The biggest problem with our health and welfare systems is that we have so many of them.
Last week two petitions with a total of over 20,000 signatures were presented to the Government calling for "gay conversion therapy" to be made illegal.
Former chief nurse Dr Mark Jones believes with the DHB NZNO deal settled it’s now time for an honest conversation about how many nurses we need as a country and how much we are ready to spend.
According to recent polling, nearly 90 per cent of us favour the use of medicinal cannabis for chronic pain relief.
Alarming provisional coroner figures indicate that between 40-45 people died from synthetic drugs in the previous 12 months. Three health experts – including an Emergency Medicine Specialist – shared their responses with the Science Media Centre.
It's 11 years since I stopped smoking, defying the predictions of all who know me, including not only my immediate family, but also my GP: "I just had you down as a lifelong smoker" she said supportively when I broke the news.
As the debate over legalising medical cannabis burns on, the arguments for potential benefits need to be weighed against the arguments for potential risks, particularly to mental health and society's view of the drug generally.
DHB nurse Anna Dobson argues that safe staffing is too important to be held hostage to pay talks. She has launched a petition calling for the Ministry of Health and MBIE ¬– not district health boards – to be responsible for funding and monitoring safe staffing of hospital wards.