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Greens Come Out in Favour Of Euthanasia

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 12:23:48 +1200 | Right To Life

Greens Come Out in Favour Of Euthanasia Media Release 23rd September 2016 Green Party adopts policy to amend law to allow doctors to kill their patients or assist in their suicide. Right to Life is disappointed that the Green Party has adopted ...More >>

Seniors Pushed Aside for Hip And Knee Surgery

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:45:05 +1200 | New Zealand First Party

Kiwis waiting for hip and knee joint replacements have been left suffering in pain under National, which has frozen funding despite creating a record population boom. More >>

Call for Ban on Kiwisaver Investments in Offensive Weapons

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:30:30 +1200 | Aotearoa NZ Association of Social Workers

The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers is calling on the Government to legislate to ban Kiwisaver providers from investing in companies which produce internationally illegal weapons including cluster munitions, anti-personnel mines ...More >>

Obstetricians and Gynaecologists join in building Respect

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:27:40 +1200 | Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) have signed a Letter of Agreement in a show of collaboration toward building respect in the medical workplace ...More >>

Acute Mental Health System in Crisis

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:06:25 +1200 | People's Mental Health Review

This week the Acute Mental Health ward for Auckland’s North Shore, He Puna Waiora, has been forced to close eight beds, at a time when demand for mental health services is reaching record levels.More >>

Electives lag due to $1.7 billion hole

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:02:46 +1200 | New Zealand Labour Party

The lag in hip and knee replacements is a direct consequence of the Government’s $1.7 billion underfunding of health, says Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson Dr David Clark.More >>

Targets might be met but need is clearly not

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:25:10 +1200 | Arthritis New Zealand

“There are more people needing hip and knee joint replacements than can be managed by District Health Boards (DHBs) but it seems that access to life changing surgery does depend on your address.” Sandra Kirby, Arthritis New Zealand Chief Executive ...More >>

UN pledges to battle superbugs - Expert reaction

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:36:55 +1200 | Science Media Centre

At a high-level meeting yesterday, all 193 United Nations member states have pledged to work together to tackle superbugs. The disease-causing bacteria, virues, fungi and parasites that have developed resistance to drugs pose a fundamental threat to ...More >>

District Health Boards Need Ethnic Voices

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:02:42 +1200 | Monina Gesmundo

District health boards (DHBs) are responsible for providing or funding the provision of health services in their district. Apart from owning and funding public hospitals, they function by setting the overall strategic direction of the health service organisation ...More >>

Five year groundwater quality report presented

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:24:51 +1200 | Hawke's Bay Regional Council

A five year Groundwater Quality report shows Hawke’s Bay aquifer systems are generally suitable for drinking water supply. More >>

Pasifika youth ignored by the Government

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:35:30 +1200 | New Zealand Labour Party

The Adolescent Health Research Group’s new report on the wellbeing of young Pacific people shines a spotlight on the Government’s failure to deliver any “brighter future” for them, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William ...More >>

First NZ Respect agreement with College of Surgeons

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:05:16 +1200 | Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and the University of Otago Medical School have signed a landmark Letter of Agreement, aimed at building respect and improving patient safety in surgery and strengthening the education of medical students.More >>

Our Water is a Political Hot Potato

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:06:48 +1200 | Kerry Mackintosh

Water has become a political hot potato in Hawkes Bay. Hastings District Council Deputy Mayor and Hawkes Bay Regional Council candidate Cynthia Bowers remains in favour of the Rutataniwha dam albeit with a list of conditions, but has done a complete ...More >>

Education For All Rally 22/9/16

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 15:24:17 +1200 | Inclusive Education Action Group

Whanau, educators and disabled people are coming together to send a message to Government - your Special Education Update was totally inadequate and it's time to invest in inclusion.More >>

Hon Simon Bridges to Open Sounds of Life Photo Exhibit

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:46:02 +1200 | Pindrop Foundation

Hon Simon Bridges to Open Sounds of Life Photo Exhibit: Celebrating the Power of Cochlear Implants to Transform Lives. More >>

Guillain-Barrē Syndrome patient admitted in Wellington

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:33:06 +1200 | Capital and Coast District Health Board

A male, in his sixties, was admitted to Wellington Regional Hospital on Tuesday afternoon with symptoms that have been confirmed as Guillain-Barrē Syndrome. More >>

Compensation for live organ donors one step closer

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:31:22 +1200 | New Zealand National Party

A Member’s Bill designed to improve New Zealand’s organ donation rates has today moved one step closer to becoming law with the Health Committee report on the Financial Assistance for Live Organ Donors Bill being presented to the House. The committee ...More >>

ACC levy consultation welcomed

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 10:41:05 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Acting ACC Minister Nathan Guy today welcomed the start of ACC’s public levy consultation process. More >>

How do Capital and Coast Candidates measure up?

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 09:54:31 +1200 | Public Health Association

A scorecard rating the Capital and Coast DHB candidates was released this evening by the Wellington Branch of the Public Health Association. Voting is now open in the local body elections, allowing residents to vote for elected DHB representatives ...More >>

Access to justice barriers validated: who will fix them?

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 16:38:37 +1200 | Acclaim Otago

The Government has today acknowledged that the four themes identified in Acclaim Otago’s 2015 access to justice report are valid. It has also deferred the ACC tribunal proposal until 2019, and acknowledged that delays were more complicated than the ...More >>


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