Health

Southern DHB propose axing 23 jobs

Southern DHB chief executive Chris Fleming.

"There will be some people very positive about what we're proposing, and there will be some negativity."

Couples admitted together, stay together

Ann and Harry Smith do, quite literally, everything together. They were even admitted to Taranaki Base Hospital together ...

Married couple that do "everything together" share an ambulance ride to hospital.

Making our last memories

A  plaster cast of terminally ill cancer patient Al Ingram's hand clasping that of wife Heidi and children Maxine and ...

Organising your own funeral is "weird" says Al Ingram. But generous Kiwis have made this time easier.

Your mental health experience stuff nation

Have you ever been diagnosed with a mental illness? Share your story.

Have you ever been diagnosed with a mental illness? Share your story.

Women wanted for menopause study

Postgraduate students from left, Jenna Houston-Tupou, Joshua Wong and Mandy Lardenoye hope to present the results of the ...

A group of experts need volunteers for a study about the effects of exercise on menopause.

Doubling up on quads

Firth of Thames farmer Steve Knudsen developed the quad roll-over protective system (QUADROPS) after two scares.

Rule change acknowledges that passengers are carried on quad bikes, but says the vehicles aren't designed for it.

Disability workers strike

IDEA Service workers protest during a one-hour strike at the roundabout of High St and Seymour St in central Blenheim.

"People will lose their jobs and we still have no idea when that is coming. People here are struggling."

Fight for job security

Support workers gathered on the streets of New Plymouth for a one-hour organised strike to call for better job security ...

Disability support workers protest slow progress on new collective agreement, fearing job loss and increasing risks.

NZ's 'ladette' problem drinkers

RTDs, or 'alco-pops', are the drink of choice for young, heavy drinking women.

Women under 24 are drinking "just like the lads" - and RTDs seem to be the go-to tipple.

Confessions of an alco-pop girl

RTD-swilling women under 24 are emerging as New Zealand's worst problem drinkers - and I'm not surprised, Anna Loren writes.

OPINION: I got drunk for the first time when I was 13. It was fun, until it wasn't.

One in four Kiwis infected each year

The community being prepared for flu season is "very important", says Taranaki DHB CEO Rosemary Clements.

"Influenza can affect anyone no matter how fit, active and healthy they may be."

CDHB committee member quits

Cheryl Macaulay has quit from her role on the CDHB's facilities committee.

The managing director of a property firm that leases a building to the CDHB has quit her role on the board's facilities committee.

'Probable' Wellington Zika case

An Aedes aegypti mosquito that can transmit the Zika virus.

Resident had "all the clinical features of Zika" after trip to Tonga last year.

Hospital gets $18m injection

An artist's impression of the acute services building Christchurch Hospital.

Government funding boost will pay for 64 Christchurch Hospital beds that had been on hold.

Hospice sets shining example

Sydney-based nurses Suzanne Sara (left) and Rachael Zielinski have been awarded a scholarship to come to New Zealand and ...

"They make you feel alive," one cancer patient said of Hospice Taranaki nurses.

When elders abuse stuff nation

Our elderly relative is getting our other relatives to pick sides. "If you don’t support me you are on ‘their’ side."

We all know about elder abuse. But what happens when it's the elders doing the abusing?

Dialysis opens in Levin

Pat Hepi receives dialysis treatment at Horowhenua Health Centre.

Patients can now walk to appointments instead of a 40-minute drive to Palmerston North.

13 Reasons Why: Mortifying stuff nation

The world would be a better place if shows like this were taken seriously by everyone.

I was mortified by 13 Reasons Why, but not because I think it glorifies suicide. I was shocked by how real it was.

High hopes for Maori medicine exports

Rakau Rongoa's Karla Crooks is exporting a line of rongoa to Australia.

A Tokoroa solo mother hopes to kick the benefit through exporting a line of her homemade traditional Maori medicine to Australia.

'Miracles' via an NZ outdoor site

The innocuous-looking NZ Water Purifier Ltd website has a customer base that includes cancer sufferers and the parents ...

A "church of health and healing" directs people to an NZ site for alternative health products which Medsafe have warned against.

Sticks and loans break bones

Walking sticks need checked regular, says Access Mobility store manager Bill McElhinney.

Walking stick users are being encouraged to bring their canes in for a crucial warrant of fitness.

Med schools' anti-Waikato campaign

Waikato University Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Quigley, left, and Waikato District Health Board chief executive Dr ...

‚ÄčAuckland and Otago medical school ran a covert campaign against planned Waikato school.

Super's done, now for healthcare

The public health system is unsustainable unless more people met their own costs, insurers say.

A health insurance lobby group says health costs, like super, need to be addressed.

Suicide prevention in a box

A care box is being developed to help people in times of high stress.

Massey student develops self-help care package she hopes will make a difference.

Young Kiwis won't seek help

Youthline chief executive Stephen Bell.

Young people would rather consult the internet for answers to sex and mental health, than family, friends or support group.

Heart of Darkness video

Red Cross nurse Gail Corbett photographed during a rescue from a bombed building.

Red Cross nurse Gail Corbett has spent seven years working in countries ravaged by war, drought and famine. Tired of being an observer, it was simply her time to help, she tells Bess Manson.

Athletics helps Ollie battle arthritis

Matamata student Ollie Morton-Farrelly hasn't let a rare health condition stop him from winning track and field medals ...

Rare arthritis condition no barrier for young student winning track and field medals.

64 new hospital beds on hold

Construction of the acute services building at Christchurch Hospital is progressing but two 32 bed wards are being put ...

A new $445 million acute services hospital building in Christchurch will deliver an additional 92 hospital beds but 64 of those are "on hold" pending additional funding.

Book written after caring for dying husband

Ros Capper wrote The Accidental Carer, after caring for her husband Mike for three years while he died of cancer.

"I was looking around for a doorway that said 'carers this way' and I never saw one," says woman who wrote guide book after caring for dying husband.

Fundraising for defence

Supporters of Susan Dale Austen outside Wellington District Court in February.

Right-to-die groups launch global backing for capital campaigner.

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