How safe is the MMR vaccine?

In Samoa earlier this month two babies died shortly after receiving the MMR vaccine and an investigation is ongoing. in her blog Dr Helen Petousis-Harris, director of the Immunisation Advisory Centre, answers some of the questions raised by the tragedy.

New research into how shift work is bad for your health

Nanogirl, the science educator Michelle Dickinson, looks at recent research on how shift work affects the gut and health of shift workers.

New Zealand hospital staff abused daily: ‘It’s time to talk’

Hospital staff nationwide are being abused daily with reports of death threats, nurses being punched in the face and wrists being broken.

New heart of Christchurch health sector blessed

Health students, researchers and educators will soon start using a new joint post-quake facility to boost health training and research collaboration in Christchurch.

Allied Health team amongst IT Awards finalists

A Canterbury team working on an innovative IT solution for the allied health workforce is amongst the three finalists for this year’s Excellence in Digital Health award.

Extra detox bed welcomed, but not the only answer

A $16.7m funding grant to boost the number of Auckland detox beds from 20 to 30 is welcomed by drug and alcohol practitioners but they says beds are only part of the answer.

Navigating the New Zealand health sector

Do you know your HPCA from your HPDT? Dr Jonathan Coates, a health law specialist at Claro, helps guide health professionals through the complexities of the New Zealand health sector including its many acronyms.

Investing in cleaning staff worth it

Providers are increasingly recognising the importance of a trained cleaning staff.

Health law: Informed consent – something every single health professional needs to know

Dr Jonathan Coates, a health law specialist at Claro, starts the first of a short series on health law essentials for health professionals. Opening with the importance of informed consent.

Workplace collective initiative helps “share the load”

A new joint workplace collective initiative allows facilities to run joint training sessions so they can tap into each other's skills, experience and knowledge in order to collectively lift the bar for providing quality aged care.
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DR WELLNESS

Opinion: Dr Tracy Chandler – You are not a number

As we embrace the New Year, Dr Tracy Chandler (aka Dr Wellness) says we should be celebrating our uniqueness and aim for a one-size-does-not-fit-all approach to your health.

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