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Major new international vaccine project involves Otago researchers

A recently launched Vacc-iNTS research project tackling Salmonella bloodstream infections that kill thousands of people in sub-Saharan Africa each year aims to advance the clinical development of an innovative vaccine against invasive non-typhoidal salmonellosis. In...

Whanganui bowel screening programme aims to improve Māori health outcomes

Whanganui District Health Board is aiming for the highest bowel screening rates for Māori across the country. The national bowel screening programme began in Whanganui on October 22 and improving health outcomes for Māori will...

Government announces $100 million for new mental health facility in Hamilton

The Government is putting $100 million towards building a new acute mental health facility for Waikato, replacing an aging facility and increasing capacity by up to 20 beds. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister...

Pharmac confirms free access to contraceptives

Pharmac has confirmed it will fully fund contraceptives Mirena and Jaydess from November 1. The medicinal giant announced last month that it was proposing to widen funding access to the contraceptives, and this morning confirmed it...

Reviewed Health and Wellbeing qualifications now approved by NZQA

Over the last 6 months, Careerforce has been undertaking a major Qualifications Pathway Review (QPR) which has involved extensive consultation with stakeholders. We have now received confirmation from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)...

Countdown to offer customers a low-sensory, autism-friendly quiet hour nationwide

A weekly autism-friendly quiet hour will be rolled out at Countdown stores nationwide later this month following a year-long trial period. The time would offer customers time to shop in stores which were easy on...

DHBs owe health workers up to $650m for Holidays Act errors

More than 100,000 health workers are owed about half a billion dollars for payroll breaches, but they may have to wait up to two years to get paid. District Health Boards have revealed they owe...

Radiographers at public hospitals to walk off the job again today

More than a 1000 workers who provide x-rays and scans will walk off the job at public hospitals again today. It's the second 24-hour strike by radiographers, or Medical Imaging Technologists (MITs), this week. The group,...

We have seen the tooth fairy, but where are the toothbrushes?

New Zealand Dental and Oral Health Therapists’ Association (NZDOHTA) is disappointed that the promises made in Budget 2014 have still not been implemented by the Ministry of Health. In a Budget 2014 announcement Associate Health...

“We simply can’t cope anymore” – Radiographers set to strike

Nearly 1100 DHB-employed Medical Imaging Technologists (MITs) across New Zealand are set to strike for 24 hours commencing at 0700 hours on Monday 30th September and are voting on a proposed second 24-hour strike on...

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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