Risk of infection is low after using inadequately-sterilised surgical equipment

An investigation has been launched after the Hawke's Bay District Health Board reported inadequately-sterilised surgical equipment was potentially used on 55 patients.

Urologists condemn ban on all mesh products – women left without options

The decision to ban all mesh  for urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse, has been condemned by the  Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand. Medsafe announced on Monday that it was following Australia in...

Hearing Awareness Week: 1–7 March 2021

Hearing New Zealand and its 23 branches throughout New Zealand are preparing for this year’s Hearing Awareness Week in March. World Hearing Day 2021 marks the launch of the World Health Organisation (WHO) World Report...

Patients rally at Parliament for more Pharmac funding for drugs

Hundreds of people are expected to rally at Parliament today to call for more drugs to be funded by Pharmac.

Local Focus: Raupunga wins big with clean water

Like many small East Coast communities, Raupunga, south of Wairoa, is a fraction of what it once was.

Calls for more rules on use of antibiotic

Scientists fear that doctors are overprescribing an antibiotic linked to nerve damage and tendon ruptures that have caused permanent disability.

Mother’s paramedic dream shattered by St John ambulance anaesthetic change

A Tauranga mother of four who has always dreamed of becoming a paramedic has been barred from volunteering on St John ambulances because they have changed their main anaesthetic to one that could kill her.

Reducing pressure injury wounds focus of $6m campaign

Two out of five clients with serious spinal injuries have had potentially painful and debilitating pressure injuries (‘bed sores’) in the past three years, says ACC. Some of the estimated 55,000 people suffering preventable pressure injuries every year.

Huge demand for services in Auckland stretches health system to the limit say bosses

Auckland health bosses have revealed a picture of a health system at breaking point from underfunding and population growth.

New report asks if the government should be buying medicines for Kiwis

Should the government buy medicines for people who could afford the drugs themselves? This is one question asked in a new report by think tank The New Zealand Initiative. Written by Bryce Wilkinson, the report...


Opinion: Dr Tracey Chandler – Health pregnancy optimisation tips (for you,...

Whilst pregnancy is an exciting time for most, it does take some planning to keep both you and baby well. Ideally you would see...

Opinion: Hope is the key


Psychological support for the wellbeing of Frontline healthcare workers during the...

Sponsored article chnnl (pronounced channel), an app which anonymously tracks employee mental wellbeing, is helping healthcare providers across New Zealand provide psychological support for the...