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Helmets not required for mental health nurses says Southern DHB

The Otago Daily Times reports Southern DHB's decided not to go ahead with a recommendation to issue helmets to mental health staff following assaults on nurses.

Promising results for Whanau Pakari kids’ obesity programme

A programme tailored for obese kids has yielded some promising results, with children reporting better physical and emotional health after just a year.

DHB bosses and board members cost taxpayers $65 million a year

Taxpayers forked out almost $66 million last year to pay 444 people to run the country's 20 district health boards.

Waikato District Health Board hired surgeon despite referees’ concerns

An orthopaedic surgeon who was trained overseas was hired by Waikato District Health Board despite referees alluding to communication difficulties and noting concerns regarding demeanour and personality.

Undervalued skills revealed by DHB pay equity interviews

Nearly 100 DHB clerical workers have been interviewed about what their job really entails as the DHBs and unions progress the first of four pay equity claims currently underway.

Board member calls for New Zealand’s district health boards to be reduced by half

New Zealand has too many district health boards and they should be cut by half to free up desperately needed health dollars, says one board member.

SmartHealth uptake low as HealthTap contract renewal begins

A virtual health app launched by Waikato District Health Board in May last year, has attracted only 853 video consultations in 18 months, roughly 10 a week.

Counties Manukau DHB considers virtual consults

A virtual service allowing patients to check-in with a doctor via a smart device from their homes is being touted as a possible solution for treating the soaring number of sick people amid funding restraints.

After-hours doctors’ fees for children skyrocket at two Auckland clinics after DHBs cut funding

Parents who received free after-hours medical care for their children are now having to pay up to $61 at two Auckland clinics following funding cuts from district health boards.

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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