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Protecting Pharmac’s independence

Describing ‘big pharma’ companies as "the forces of evil" at Health Central’s ChalkTalks held this week in Wellington, Ian Powell said that Pharmac is operating not in a level playing field but in an...

Health inequality for Māori

The issues of how to give Māori and groups such as refugees and rural communities a fair shot in the health system were discussed at Health Central’s recent Chalk Talks on the future of...

Devolution could help health care in future

Mr Tamihere was speaking at Health Central’s ChalkTalks, held in Wellington this week. With the recent release of the interim report from the Health and Disability System Review, members of the Chalk Talks panel...

Top honour for scientist behind breakthroughs in the care of newborns

A scientist whose work has helped millions of newborns and mothers around the world has received New Zealand's top research honour. Distinguished Professor Jane Harding's Rutherford Medal – just awarded by Royal Society Te Apārangi...

Countdown to offer customers a low-sensory, autism-friendly quiet hour nationwide

A weekly autism-friendly quiet hour will be rolled out at Countdown stores nationwide later this month following a year-long trial period. The time would offer customers time to shop in stores which were easy on...

Careerforce celebrates 25 Years

On Thursday 19 September, Careerforce celebrated its 25th anniversary. On this day, back in 1994, it was officially afforded recognition as an Industry Training Organisation for community support services (CSSITO). Jane Wenman, Careerforce Chief Executive...

Memory Walk to Parliament to deliver global dementia report

The report, “Attitudes to Dementia”, tracks the world’s largest survey to date on people’s attitudes and stigma around dementia. Seventy thousand people across 155 countries participated, including 1,088 New Zealanders. One of those New Zealanders...

NZMA declares climate change a health emergency

In a statement, the NZMA have declared climate change a serious and leading threat to health and health equity, both in New Zealand and worldwide. NZMA has joined health organisations worldwide, including sister organisations the...

Lifesaving Stopping the Bleed campaign targets road fatalities

Over the last two years, 2017 and 2018, 758 people have died as a result of road crashes, with 2018 having the worst total in a decade at 380.  Some of these fatalities...

Report finds stillbirths significantly reduced over last 10 years

The rate of stillbirths is reducing for Māori and NZ European mothers, a report by the Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee (PMMRC) has found. The PMMRC is an independent committee that reviews deaths of...
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DR WELLNESS

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.

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