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Mums matter: Postnatal trauma haunts years later

Ellen Chisholm is a mother who suffered a traumatic birth and was pressured to leave hospital less than three hours after giving birth and drive an hour north.

Doctors and nurses lost to the Black Flu of 1918

New Zealand’s worst public health disaster – the Black Flu of 1918 – not only claimed an estimated 9000 lives but also the lives of 37 nurses and 14 doctors who cared for them. Health Central shares some of their stories.

Visiting HIV activist on loving and living without fear

The founder of a US movement on removing the stigma of sex for people with undetectable HIV levels talks to Rebekah Fraser about learning to live and love again.

Musing on my mastectomy

Lalitha Bhamidipati has been diagnosed with stage II breast cancer twice in the last ten years. She shares her journey in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As told to Soumya Bhamidipati.

Build more drug rehab facilities not prisons

Counselling student Bessina Pehi-Tamatea knows well the self-destruction of addiction. The recent Excellence in Peer Support Award winner shares her story with Jaylan Boyle and her belief that the Government should be building more residential drug rehab facilities not prisons.

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.

Mum raises awareness for Ivy Pittams, a baby born without a bum

From the outside 8-month-old, Ivy Pittams is a chatty, feisty and healthy baby - but she has spent most of her in and out of the hospital because she was born without a bottom.

Dunedin doctor missed 43mm mass – now this patient is dying of cancer

A Dunedin woman is dying of cancer and her doctor's competence to practise will likely be reviewed.

Grieving mother Margaret Dynes calls for independent body to monitor GPs

A Southland woman whose daughter died of ovarian cancer after nine GPs failed to diagnose the disease has made an emotional plea to MPs for doctors to be more accountable.

Ballpoint pen and speedy action save Taranaki woman’s life after stroke

Jill Hooper can't wait to watch her granddaughter walk down the aisle - something she wouldn't have survived to see had it not been for a ball-point pen and some speedy action by her husband.

DR WELLNESS

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.

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