Saturday, September 21, 2019

Changes to Health Star Rating system likely

The five year review of the Health Star Rating system considered how well the objectives of the system have been met and also identified several options for improvements. The Review concluded that overall the system...

Are pharma companies courting Kiwi nurses?

Nurses are increasingly targeted by pharmaceutical companies around the world and a Wellington academic says that understanding the complexities of marketing should be part of nursing education and healthcare policy in this country. A recent...

Cannabis legislation outpacing medical profession

The legislative changes to allow medicinal cannabis in New Zealand are outpacing the medical and legal frameworks doctors work in, according to researchers from the Medical Research Institute of New Zealand writing in the...

Calls for action on alcohol marketing

Alcohol marketing is the subject of several letters published in the New Zealand Medical Journal. One is on behalf of the board of the Health Coalition Aotearoa, calling for more regulation in this area. The Advertising...

Researchers call on Govt to support heart health

Data from a cohort study of 500,000 New Zealanders have allowed more precise calculations of an individual's cardiovascular risk and researchers now say the Ministry of Health should support a national risk generator that...

Achieving health equity needs actions, not just rhetoric

A newly-released Ministry of Health publication is making sure equity is at the front and centre of all newly-commissioned work in the health sector. To coincide with the publication, Achieving Equity in Health Outcomes: Summary of...

Report calls for action on inequities in New Zealand’s health system

A window on the quality of Aotearoa New Zealand’s health care 2019 - a view on Māori health equity, published by the Health Quality & Safety Commission, highlights a number of areas where change...

Lessons learned from health policy changes aimed at reducing inequities

In the early 2000's, the New Zealand government made some changes to health policy in an effort to iron out some of the inequities of our health system. Universal subsidies for general practice services...

Budget 2019: $12m for rheumatic fever

The Government's putting $12 million into combating rheumatic fever.

Special cafes and approved retail outlets proposed for legal cannabis market

People will vote on a proposal for a legal cannabis market in 2020 with tightly controlled rules


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.


“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...