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Call for pharmacists to be allowed to vaccinate for measles

The Ministry of Health reported on September 3 that there had been 975 confirmed cases of measles in New Zealand this year with 812 of these in the Auckland region. The latest ESR public health...

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...

New advice on meat, dairy and eggs

Following a substantial review of current evidence, the Australian Heart Foundation has issued new advice on meat, dairy and eggs. Unflavoured full-fat milk, yogurt and cheese are have been given the green light and the...

Changes to Health Star Rating system likely

The five year review of the Health Star Rating system considered how well the objectives of the system have been met and also identified several options for improvements. The Review concluded that overall the system...

Increasing waistlines are changing the way Kiwis sleep

Around half (48%) of adult New Zealanders sleep on their side - a position which researchers say increases in preference as we age and our Body Mass Index (BMI) rises. The new research from mattress...

Survey shows distributed clinical leadership still lacking

“District Health Boards are failing to foster a culture of distributed clinical leadership, despite its demonstrated benefits to the sector,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). ASMS’ latest...

Junior doctors settle pay conflict with district health boards, ending lengthy dispute

Junior doctors have today accepted a new pay settlement signalling an end to a long-winded dispute between their union and district health boards. The settlement includes a pay rise in line with other multi-employer collective...

Alcohol law reform needed

It is 10 years since the NZ Law Commission reviewed the alcohol laws in New Zealand and Alcohol Action NZ is calling for change. The main recommendations of this review ten years ago were dismissed...

Resident doctors ratify MECA

Resident Medical Officers who are members of the New Zealand Resident Doctors’ Association have voted in favour of accepting the recommendations from the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) concerning their multi-employer collective agreement (MECA). The offer follows...

New health degree focuses on inequities of New Zealand healthcare

The University of Waikato has announced a new Bachelor of Health degree and Certificate in Health and Wellbeing that are putting wellbeing and the needs of our communities at the forefront.    Vice Chancellor, Professor Neil...

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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