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Government’s planned Pharmac review a sideshow

The Government’s announcement of a review into Pharmac declares that its budget, and the total amount allocated to pharmaceuticals, will be out of scope. This ignores the most serious weakness with current arrangements: that no...

New Zealand’s first study of the safety and benefits of puberty blockers called for

For some people, their innate sense of self doesn’t fit with their biological sex. Any distress this causes is particularly heightened during puberty, but medication used to help is controversial. University of Otago, Christchurch, researchers...

Cochlear implant providers welcome long-awaited funding commitment

Today’s announcement by Minister of Health Andrew Little, committing the Government to raising the number of publicly-funded adult cochlear implants, has been welcomed by New Zealand’s two cochlear implant providers. The Government announced today that...

Should New Zealanders have to buy their hearing back?

Wellington neurologist Stuart Mossman questions why the hearing impaired are being denied what other countries consider to be basic medical care and urges the Government to deliver on its pre-election pledge to increase adult...

NZ’s dismal cochlear implant funding record – Government urged to honour pledge

UPDATE 26 February 2021: The Government announced today that it will immediately invest $6 million for 70 additional adult cochlear implants this year to help reduce the waiting list. See 'Cochlear implant providers welcome...

Action needed now for neurodiverse children: forum

Neurodiversity is one of the great unaddressed issues of our time, says Children’s Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft, who will address the Belief Change Family Journey forum in Queenstown this weekend. This year’s Forum is hosted...

Water births exceed national average at Bethlehem Birthing Centre

Bethlehem Birthing Centre in Tauranga is smashing the national average when it comes to water births, with 40 per cent, or approximately 170 babies, being born into water at the centre each year. The last national...

Hearing Awareness Week: 1–7 March 2021

Hearing New Zealand and its 23 branches throughout New Zealand are preparing for this year’s Hearing Awareness Week in March. World Hearing Day 2021 marks the launch of the World Health Organisation (WHO) World Report...

PHARMAC widens access to funded treatments for multiple sclerosis

PHARMAC announced today that it will be widening access to all funded multiple sclerosis treatments from 1 March. More than 1800 people with multiple sclerosis will be able to stay on their treatment for...

Kiwi kids consume five unhealthy snacks a day

On average, 12-year-old children snack on unhealthy food and beverages five times a day, according to new research from the University of Otago. The average child snacked on confectionary, salty snacks, cookies/cakes and sugary drinks...

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Opinion: Dr Tracey Chandler – Health pregnancy optimisation tips (for you,...

Whilst pregnancy is an exciting time for most, it does take some planning to keep both you and baby well. Ideally you would see...

Opinion: Hope is the key

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