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ACC are scumbags, radiation victim says

Radiation poisoning victim Bryon O'Regan's has been battling to get compensation out of ACC.

Dream of compensation put on hold amidst further hurdles.

Hospital clears itself of wrong doing

Medical staff made the right call by leaving an injured man in parking lot to wait for an ambulance, an investigation ...

Injured man was left unattended 100 metres from a hospital front door for almost an hour.

Cops to deal with more 'non-crime'

Police Commissioner Mike Bush said changing public expectations, and different service demands meant cops expected to ...

Police expecting a rise in the number of calls they get for mental health crises and suicide attempts.

The stigma of residential care

Cathy Kiely, left, and partner Philip Sim with a picture of their son Jesse.

"Giving up your child", "the easy option", "cruel". Parents hit back saying their autistic son is in the best place possible.

Six years of crippling pain not enough

Samantha Scoble has been coping with crippling stomach pain for six years but was still turned down to see a specialist.

Her stomach swells to size of beach ball and she's barely able to walk, but does not qualify to see a specialist.

Free boot camp kick-starts road to healthy living

Joshua Roberts is a regular at the free Whanau Fittness programs, run by the Te Whānau O Waipareira Trust.

This time last year, Joshua Roberts was 155 kilograms and in a "depressing  downward spiral of fatty foods and over sleeping". 

Half marathon done despite brain cancer video

Walsh and her modified wheelchair compete in the Round the Bays half marathon in Wellington.

Diagnosed with terminal cancer, Vicki Walsh thought her racing days were over. But her friend had other ideas.

St John calls for help

St John Ambulance Service Picton volunteers Nine Scott, back, Trevor Faulkner, left, and Susan O'Rourke swing into action.

St John's ambulance urgently need more volunteers to help ensure the critical service can operate at full capacity.

Tampon funding 'needed' video

Juanita Van Winkel with Rebecca Culver are supportive of Pharmac potentially funding sanitary items.

Palmerston North women are relieved to hear sanitary products could be funded by Pharmac.

Suicide attempts increasing

Police data shows a 30 per cent increase in call outs for attempted suicides in the past four years.

Jump in the number of attempted suicides handled by police is an indictment on NZs mental health system, police union says.

DHBs, junior doctors settle

Junior doctors strike at Christchurch Hospital in October.

A deal is done but talk between two parties had become strained.

ACC declines gastro compo

Hastings District Council is considering forming a fund to provide financial assistance to those suffering health ...

Council considers fund to help those affected by gastro outbreak after ACC declines compo.

Trixie suffers bad fall

Trixie Cottingham, who complained after MidCentral proposed cutting her home help, is glad to be back home after a ...

"Down I went, porridge, muesli, and blood all over me, down to the floor."

Fires a 'setback' for mental health

The Port Hills fires have caused "re-triggering of children and adults in Christchurch", a mental health organisation says.

"For many Cantabrians today feels like we're back to ground zero," CDHB boss says.

Greens slam review progress

Waikato District Health Board plans to replace the Henry Rongomau Bennett Centre in Hamilton.

Waikato DHB and Greens at odds over state of region's mental health services.

Sign-off for mental health social bond

Finance minister Steven Joyce has announced the first social bonds pilot to come on line. The Government has allowed ...

The social bond will see bonuses paid if mental health patients are helped back into work.

Hope walk goes global

Around 3000 people took part in the South Auckland Hope Walk in 2016.

A movement to stop the death of loved ones is taking off.

Should Pharmac fund tampons?

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Woman hygiene protection, close-up.menstruation calendar with cotton tampons

Goverment agency to consider chipping in for sanitary items, such as tampons and pads.

Traffic delays expected

Traffic contingency planning for this week's major events may make access to Christchurch Hospital difficult. Canterbury ...

Major events being held in Christchurch this week may make access to the city's main hospital challenging.

Mum sues over son's death

Lyn Copland at Wellington's High Court. She is taking legal action against Capital & Coast DHB, for failing to prevent ...

Lyn Copland can't get her boy back, but she's determined to expose the mental health system's flaws.

Unable to eat, fighting for life video

Georgie Ferris has more than 6000 treatment beads from her years of treatment for her digestive tract paralysis ...

Living on a diet of supplement drinks and weighing just 41kg, Georgie Ferris just wants her life back.

Support for sanitary subsidy

New Plymouth Foodbank manager Mike Merrick fully supports the move by Pharmac to consider subsiding sanitary products.

"You can't be a woman and get by without those products."

Maori health research to begin

Researcher Tanya Allport is looking undertaking a 12 month study of Maori mental health.

A study on Maori mental health is aiming to find the best ways to support the west Auckland Maori community.

Mixing academia with business video

Professor Sir Michael Brady says universities in Europe are getting more entrepreneurial, though Germany remains ...

Oxford professor Sir Michael Brady says selling stuff is a great way to succeed in science.

Earthquake relief's $8m shortfall

A $3.7m Kaikoura earthquake relief package for psycho-social support was a fraction of the amount asked for by the ...

Package to support those hit by Kaikoura earthquake is inadequate to support their mental distress, psychotherapist says.

Baby rice shortage worries parents

A shortage of baby rice has seen Nikki Morris looking for alternatives for her 10-month-old daughter Jaime.

"There's no other competition and it's the parents and the babies that go without," says mum Nikki Morris.

Tinder-type app for breastmilk

Lola Peters, 5 months, old drinking donor milk.

Technology allows mums to share breast milk, but the trading comes with a warning.

$10K cancer meds lost in mail

Malcolm Hume's immune system was severely compromised after his medication didn't turn up at his house.

NZ Post apologises after a cancer patient's life-saving medication went missing.

E.coli found in Hawke's Bay water

Residents of the seaside town of Waimarama have been advised to boil their drinking water until further notice.

Residents in the Hawke's Bay town of Waimarama have been told to boil their water, after low levels of E.coli were detected.

New measles case on campus

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 A new measles case has been discovered at a tertiary campus in Palmerston North, days before control measures shutting classes is due to lift.

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