Political parties were grilled about their stance on a sugar tax at a conference run yesterday by advocacy group Fighting Sugary in Soft Drinks (FIZZ), the New Zealand Herald reports. At the one day conference the New Zealand soft drink manufacturing body also unveiled its pledge for all members to only sell bottled water to primary and intermediate schools.
A nurse has spoken about losing her job after suffering violence and rape at the hands of her partner - urging Parliament to back domestic violence leave, reports Nicholas Jones of the New Zealand Herald.
The historic pay equity settlement and cost pressures take up the lion's share of the Government's record $825 million boost to the health budget for the coming year. Nursing Review gives you rundown where the health dollars are being spent next year – and where they are not.
Unions say health needs at least an extra $1.1 billion in the Budget if health care is not to go backwards. And a $2.3 billion boost for the health sector to regain the same spending power it had seven years ago.
GP practices will have dedicated mental health teams and all appointments relating to mental health issues will be free under a pilot programme being proposed by the Labour Party, reports New Zealand Herald political reporter Isaac Davison.
Nearly 70 primary health and family planning nurses from Invercargill to Whangarei are trialling a third level of nurse prescribing. The new limited level of prescribing rights – to be known as registered nurse prescribing in community health – is aimed at nurses currently using standing orders and is a step below the registered nurse prescribing in primary health and specialty teamswhich got underway in September last year.