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Proposal for National School of Rural Health

Fri, 16 Nov 2018 15:33:44 +1300 | University of Otago

The University of Otago remains committed to the collaborative proposal for a National Interprofessional School of Rural Health. More >>

Commitment to addressing rural health workforce crisis

Thu, 15 Nov 2018 19:21:06 +1300 | Rural General Practice Network

Commitment to addressing rural health workforce crisis welcomed; detail now needed The New Zealand Rural General Practice Network welcomed government acknowledgment that the current rural health workforce is not sustainable and action is required ...More >>

NZMA calls for an immediate ban on boxing

Thu, 15 Nov 2018 17:37:09 +1300 | New Zealand Medical Association

The New Zealand Medical Association strongly supports the World Medical Association’s position on boxing , and in particular the statement that boxing is qualitatively different from other sports because of the injuries it causes, and that it should ...More >>

Patient dies after being restrained at Whangārei Hospital

Thu, 15 Nov 2018 15:36:37 +1300 | RNZ

A man has died at Whangārei Hospital after being restrained following an assault on a staff member. More >>

Urgent answers needed after rescue helicopter unavailable

Thu, 15 Nov 2018 12:43:10 +1300 | New Zealand National Party

Just 14 days after the Rotorua Rescue Helicopter service was scrapped lives are already being put at risk, MP for Rotorua Todd McClay says. More >>

Private pipes blamed for human waste onto Auckland beaches

Thu, 15 Nov 2018 11:48:10 +1300 | RNZ

Illegal or poorly maintained private sewage and stormwater pipes are being blamed for the large amount of human waste polluting Auckland beaches. More >>

Tackling rural health workforce issues

Thu, 15 Nov 2018 11:16:07 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Dr David Clark says the Government will take a series of measures to improve the supply of doctors, nurses and midwives working in rural New Zealand. More >>

Have your say on the Health (Drinking Water) Amendment Bill

Tue, 13 Nov 2018 17:19:37 +1300 | Office of the Clerk

Following the Government Inquiry into Havelock North Drinking Water, Cabinet has agreed to a range of measures to address the Inquiry’s recommendations, including some technical amendments to Part 2A of the Health Act. The most significant effect ...More >>

Difficult choices for clinical leaders

Tue, 13 Nov 2018 15:35:41 +1300 | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

An informal poll of medical students highlights the difficult choices that clinical leaders have to make in an environment of ongoing resource constraints, according to Professor Murray Barclay, President of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists ...More >>

The Marlin Hotel goes Smokefree

Tue, 13 Nov 2018 14:02:41 +1300 | Northland DHB

The only smoking you will find at the Marlin Hotel in Whangaroa is smoked marlin on the menu. The Marlin Hotel has gone totally smokefree and believed to be the first ‘local pub’ in Northland to do so.More >>

PM's Post-Cab 12/11/18: Abuse And Neglect Inquiry Expanded

Mon, 12 Nov 2018 17:44:20 +1300 | The Scoop Team

The Prime Minister's Beehive press conference this afternoon focussed on announcements around the royal commission of inquiry into abuse and neglect. The inquiry will now extend to religious as well as state institutions. It will now be know as the Royal ...More >>

Volpara reaches milestone in tech-driven cancer fight

Mon, 12 Nov 2018 12:36:01 +1300 | Microsoft New Zealand

New Zealand, 12 November 2018 – Some of the greatest advances in the fight against breast cancer are happening not in the lab but in a Kiwi software company. Wellington-based Volpara® Solutions™ is helping save lives around the globe with its revolutionary ...More >>

Urgency required on rural health training

Fri, 9 Nov 2018 09:35:36 +1300 | Rural General Practice Network

The New Zealand Rural General Practice Network today said a decision on the training of rural health professionals was urgently needed to head-off a pending crisis in the rural health workforce.More >>

Nitschke Must Be Banned

Fri, 9 Nov 2018 09:32:35 +1300 | Family First

Family First NZ says that Philip Nitschke should not be allowed in the country and the police should be shutting down any meetings he is holding in New Zealand. “At a time when we are desperate to do everything we can to lower our unacceptable and ...More >>

Digital mental health tool trialled at three DHBs

Thu, 8 Nov 2018 15:25:37 +1300 |

A digital self-management tool for New Zealanders living with schizophrenia is being trialled at three district health boards. More >>

ANZASW statement on Abortion Law Reform

Wed, 7 Nov 2018 14:53:02 +1300 | ANZASW

The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) welcomes the recent release of the Law Commission’s report on Abortion Law reform. More >>

Government commits $45.6m to new children’s hospital

Wed, 7 Nov 2018 12:09:03 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Dr David Clark says the Government has committed $45.6m to Wellington’s new state of the art children’s hospital – a project fast tracked by a $50m donation by businessman Mark Dunajtschik.More >>

Early intervention wait times increase significantly

Tue, 6 Nov 2018 17:10:47 +1300 | New Zealand National Party

The Government has failed to deliver on its commitments to reduce children’s waiting times for early intervention service with wait times increasing significantly, National’s spokesperson for Early Childhood Education Nicola Willis says.More >>

Children's Commissioner: Ban smoking with children in cars

Tue, 6 Nov 2018 16:04:04 +1300 | RNZ

Smoking with children in cars: 'Ban it. Stop it. Move on it' - Children's Commissioner More >>

Abortion law reform - Expert Reaction

Wed, 31 Oct 2018 13:47:04 +1300 | Science Media Centre

A briefing paper on abortion law reform has been handed to Justice Minister Andrew Little , after he commissioned the work in February. More >>


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