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World Aids Day reflects importance of community effort

Sunday 1 December is World Aids Day and the theme of this year’s observance is that communities can make a difference by fighting to end the epidemic. One way for community-led organisations to act is...

New Zealand’s first Dementia Action Plan drafted

The Director-General of the World Health Organisation said, “we do not have a comprehensive and affordable plan for coping with the tidal wave of dementia that is coming our way…we cannot wait to take action. The job...

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...

Hip fracture report: hospital treatment improving but delays remain

The Australia and New Zealand Hip Fracture Registry (ANZHFR) has released a report today showing 75 percent of patients in New Zealand receive a nerve block injection to help manage pain after a hip...

Sponsored: Is medical insourcing the new black?

Every few weeks, another headline alerts us to the fact that District Health Boards are struggling to get on top of their waiting lists as patient demand continues to grow. In the last few months...

New Zealand’s surgical safety culture continues to improve

A third national survey of district health board (DHB) surgical staff shows that in most instances people work together as a well-coordinated team. The survey was undertaken by the Health Quality & Safety Commission’s Safe...

Survey shows distributed clinical leadership still lacking

“District Health Boards are failing to foster a culture of distributed clinical leadership, despite its demonstrated benefits to the sector,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). ASMS’ latest...

Relationships between DHBs and Schools of Nursing

Around the country there is plenty of evidence that relationships between District Health Boards (DHBs) and local schools of nursing are thriving, resulting in benefits for students, graduates, healthcare providers and - ultimately -...

Missed specialist appointments costing millions annually

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union recently released a report on figures from district health boards (DHBs) for the 2016-2017 year showing that missed specialist appointments cost taxpayers $29 million. The report listed several solutions for...

Underfunded hearing aid scheme highlights health sector inequality

The Ministry of Health’s Hearing Aid Funding Scheme (HAFS) is meant to supply fully funded hearing aids for people with long-term hearing loss, hearing loss combined with another communication disability or low income. However, Mr...

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Opinion: Hope is the key

In an example of conventional medicine at its worst, a patient of mine recently had her beautiful hope dashed. This inspiring young mum of two...

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