Can primary health care be saved?

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The Government is trying to throw primary health a lifeline by empowering nurse practitioners and improving access. But critics say the money is missing.

When the doctor's out of reach

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government has been working on getting more GPS, but says the healthcare model ...

Doctor shortages, costly GP visits and loopholes in the system are threatening our healthcare system. So what's going wrong?

Troubling case of William Campbell video

William Campbell was about 20 in this photo, taken Christman time on the West Coast's Punakaiki track. When he was 26 he ...

He planned to die, but was let outside alone anyway. Five years later, fragmented paperwork took the blame.

Hoarding: The hidden chaos

Rubbish and waste was piled up to the benchtop by a hoarder in Karori.

More hoarding cases could come to light in the wake of the Kaikoura quake.

PMH "appallingly depressing"

A mother of a mental health service patient says it is outrageous the services remain stranded at the "derelict" ...

The mental health service buildings at Princess Margaret Hospital are "appallingly depressing" says a patient's mother.

Heart attack not enough to halt 50km swim

Paul Fletcher did not let a heart attack slow down his 50 kilometre effort at Turangi's Turtle Pools.

A 75-year-old Turangi man who suffered a heart attack part-way through a challenge to swim 50km over three months didn't let that stop him from achieving his goal. 

Keeping the Bay healthy

Caroline McElnay speaking in 2012 following a listeria outbreak in Hawke's Bay.

"There's always something we can do to keep people from getting sick, that's what keeps me going."

Gathering health

Plants like karamuramu, which is good for cleansing, are used in traditional Maori healing.

Just fossicking in the undergrowth was enough to kick start the whole body healing we were studying as part of an introduction to rongoa Maori.

Making therapy more affordable

Kathryn Ryan, left, and Nicky Harvey want to develop their therapy programme and make it more available for people on ...

Kathryn Ryan and Nicky Harvey have been running a therapy programme for about five years, now they want to make it cheaper for people to attend.

Stella's our little star stuff nation video

Stella De Gregorio, eight, was born with Down's Syndrome

Stella De Gregorio was born with Down's Syndrome. It may slow her down, but it doesn't stop her.

Breast cancer survivors wanted

Pink Dragons meet twice a week and compete over summer, but are desperate for new members to stay afloat.

"Here we are showing people there can be life after breast cancer."

Cash boost for Lifeline

Lifeline receives about 18,000 calls every month for help with bullying, depression, suicidal thoughts and family violence.

Crisis counselling service will continue for another 18 months following fears it would close.

Mum pays price for birth video

Gordonton mum Clare Hutchinson says her children have had to grow up quickly because of her health problems. From left, ...

In the busy Hutchinson home, mum Clare feels like a spectator. But that's for now. She has hope for the future.

Generation of children brutalised

More than 1100 people who suffered prolonged abuse at the hands of the state between the 50s and 80s, have formed the ...

Renewed calls for independent inquiry into extensive abuse suffered by children in state care between 1950s and the 80s.

Former mayor on health board

Former Horowhenua mayor Brendan Duffy will now become MidCentral DHB deputy chairman.

Horowhenua's recently ousted mayor Brendan Duffy will take up a new role on the region's Health Board.

Stop anti-smoking and spend more on mental health

Outgoing MidCentral DHB member Lindsay Burnell.

DHB member says only the cost of cigarettes stops people from smoking.

Whooping cough outbreak

Whooping cough vaccinations are free for babies and pregnant women.

There have been 76 cases of whooping cough reported in Taranaki this year - seven times more than last year.

Sir Mark Solomon on health board

Ngai Tahu's Sir Mark Solomon had been appointed deputy chair of Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB).

Sir Mark Soloman appointed deputy chair to Canterbury District Health Board

Housing crisis creating drinkers

Stigma and lack of social cohesion influence young people's drinking, research shows.

The transient nature of housing in Auckland is bad news for young people's drinking, research shows.

Mum of autistic boy shares experience stuff nation video

Mitchell can't speak because of his autism

"I've become a better, not bitter, person. The experience of raising Mitchell has taught me so much about myself."

'Public brainwashed over fluoride'

Hamilton City Councillor Siggi Henry refuses to drink the city's water supply saying it's not safe.

I know more than "smarty pants" scientists, says new councillor.

One man's campaign to cut seclusion rates

Nelson man Lew Solomon has been campaigning for Nelson Marlborough Health to reduce its high rate of seclusion for ...

A Nelson man has been a staunch advocate for ensuring the high rate of seclusion is addressed.

HIV hits record high

There are currently 3,200 New Zealanders with HIV; 500 of them do not qualify for treatment.

While numbers surge, Pharmac refuses treatment for people during period they are most infectious.

Funding plea for more GPs

New Zealand has significantly fewer GPs per head of population than in the late 1990s.

Almost half of GPs are eyeing up retirement, placing pressure on a service already under strain.

Free GP visits for under-18s

Free GP visits for some under the age of 18 in Hawke's Bay will be rolled out early next year.

"Yahoo moment" for Hawke's Bay DHB is it agrees to historic decision.

Trapped arm to stay, doctors say

The Remarkable Tortillas worker Daniel Figueroa, 19, gets to keep his right arm after it was trapped in a conveyor last week.

"They told me it's not a clear decision but I should be able to get back most of the movement in my arm." Daniel Figueroa

Quake 'could shut hospital'

Wellington Hospital could be forced to close after a big quake, health board member Nick Leggett says.

Water could run out within a week if pipeline from Hutt Valley is cut, says Nick Leggett.

Grant for groundbreaking dementia study

Dr Tracy Melzer has been awarded a Health Research Council grant for a four-year Christchurch study on changes in the ...

A groundbreaking Christchurch study hopes to identify brain changes that could predict the onset of dementia.

Mangere local board goes sugar-free

According to a report by Mangere-Otahuhu Local Board, one in five children consumes fizzy drinks more than three times a ...

Mangere's local board is moving to replace the sale of sugary drinks starting at a local pool.

Waitemata leads cancer treatment targets

Health minister Dr Jonathan Coleman and Waitemata DHB chief executive Dr Dale Bramley.

Waitemata DHB has surpassed latest health target results.

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