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Shouting to be heard: the worrying effects of noise in early childhood education services

Susan Bates raises concerns about the potentially damaging effects of the high noise levels in many early childhood education centres in New Zealand and asks: what is being done about it?

What about body donation after euthanasia?

As New Zealand considers a bill looking to legalise euthanasia, an Otago University ethicist considers it’s time to shine the light on the ethical complications surrounding body donation and assisted dying.

New safe sleep device guidelines to reduce SUDI

New Ministry of Health resources will help infants have quality sleep, while also protecting them from SUDI (sudden unexpected death in infancy).

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.

Experts say cannabis can’t be defined as a medicine

If we are going to ask doctors to prescribe cannabis as a medicine, why would cannabis products not be required to meet existing standards, ask experts.

New Zealand to participate in international survey for World Hand Hygiene Day

New Zealand has an opportunity to participate in a global survey to assess infection prevention and control programmes in health care facilities as part of World Hand Hygiene Day on 5 May.

Limited showers, no meal prep: ‘Ruthless’ plans to cut disabled care revealed

Health bosses planned to limit showers and meals for the disabled, create long wait lists for specialist care, and refuse help for autistic children as part of a desperate cost-saving bid.

Taranaki DHB investigating mental-health ward conditions

The mental health ward of Taranaki Base Hospital has been compared to a run-down prison, with several former patients complaining of substandard conditions.

Politics MPs question ‘postcode pricing’ of breast cancer drugs

Women with advanced breast cancer appear to be the victims of "global postcode pricing" of treatments, National says.

Q&A: ‘Medical manslaughter’ a growing worry

The Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences discuss "medical manslaughter" – when doctors are charged over the deaths of patients.
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