NZMA Welcomes NZ's First Wellbeing Budget
The New Zealand Medical Association welcomes New
Zealand’s first Wellbeing Budget which will improve the
lives of families most in need. In particular, we welcome
the investment of $1.9 Billion in Mental Health and
Addiction and the new frontline service for mental
“Having trained mental health workers in our
doctors’ clinics, iwi health providers and other health
services will make a positive difference in all our
communities and means we can tailor to the needs of the
individual and the whanau” says Dr Jan White Chair of the
NZMA GP Council.
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Gordon Campbell: On Compensating Afghan Civilian Casualties
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