Alarming levels of ED violence now normalised and shrugged off, finds NZ study

Emergency Department (ED) workers are exposed to such frequent and high levels of violence, that being on the receiving end of death threats, offensive sexual abuse and hitting, go unreported and are simply accepted as part of the job, a new study has found. By Rachel Helyer Donaldson.

Dementia services set to fail without urgent government funding

New Zealand’s already under-resourced dementia support organisations are at serious risk of going under unless government can step in and make a significant commitment to adequately support people living with dementia.  Lisa Burns, GM Fundraising...

Shift working nurses: how fatigued are you?

A national online survey into nurse fatigue is launching this week and shift working nurses are being urged to share their work and sleep patterns.

Novel approach enables improved capabilities for autism research in New Zealand

A method for identifying children and young people on the autism spectrum/Takiwātanga using health data within the Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI) has been developed. The A Better Start National Science Challenge’s Big Data method enables...

Fijian women’s reproductive health worse in NZ than Fiji

Fijian women living in New Zealand are worse off when it comes to family planning and reproductive health than women back in Fiji, a new study suggests.

Fuel walking and cycling with low carbon diets, researchers say

Walking and cycling have many benefits and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but researchers say we need to think about what people eat to fuel their walking and cycling. In a paper published in the...

Weaknesses found in ED suicide risk assessments

A just released Kiwi study of ED suicide risk assessments found some major gaps  – but psychological experts argue that building a relationship with the at-risk patient is more important than risk tools.

Microplastics in drinking water signals need to curb plastic pollution

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a report on microplastics in drinking water, including an early assessment of potential risks to human health. The report says we're all drinking microplastics, and the direct effects...

Survey reveals gap in Kiwi’s knowledge of cancer risk

A just published survey found most Kiwis know the risk factors for lung cancer and melanoma but few can recall risk factors for cervical, breast and bowel cancer.

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...


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...