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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...

Health Ministry’s new Health Infrastructure Unit on its way

Karl Wilkinson has been appointed to the role of Director of Health Infrastructure within the Health Infrastructure Unit. Helene Carbonatto has also been appointed as acting Group Manager, Capital Investment Management. “I’m very pleased that...

Pain management – every health practitioner must play their part

Pain is a complex medical condition requiring a teamwork approach, specialists across the country have said. Southern District Health Board anaesthetist and pain physician Dr Paul Templer said pain was “ubiquitous” in medicine. He said about...

Healthy homework gets results

Researchers from Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and the University of Otago have investigated the effects of a compulsory, health-related homework programme on physical activity, dietary patterns and body size in primary school children. Auckland...

“We simply can’t cope anymore” – Radiographers set to strike

Nearly 1100 DHB-employed Medical Imaging Technologists (MITs) across New Zealand are set to strike for 24 hours commencing at 0700 hours on Monday 30th September and are voting on a proposed second 24-hour strike on...

Suicide Prevention Office to drive action to save lives

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described New Zealand's suicide rate as "a long-term national tragedy" as she, along with Health Minister David Clark, released a suicide prevention strategy and action plan today. The plan, which will...

What about other medicines on the waiting list?

More needs to be done to increase access to medication, health advocates have warned. Over the weekend, the Government pledged a $60m boost to Pharmac to fund new medications. However, Medicines New Zealand said the country...

Pathway into workforce for school leavers with learning disabilities

Ten Canterbury high school leavers with learning disabilities are being considered as interns for the 2020 intake of Project SEARCH at Canterbury DHB this week. The year-long pilot, hosted at Burwood Hospital, was a first...

Let’s get real: Kiwi mental health initiative wins major award

Let’s get real, is produced and delivered by Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui (Te Pou), a national workforce centre for mental health, addiction and disability. Let’s get real provides a framework of knowledge, skills, values...

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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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“There for me every step of the way”

“Lucky” is not an adjective many people would choose after going through what Barbara Bew experienced.  Yet despite enduring a terrifying domestic assault after...
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