I'm 'lucky to be alive' video

Annette Taylor, Director of Boarding at Nelson College feels lucky to be alive, two years after her melanoma diagnosis.

Two years ago, Annette Taylor was diagnosed with melanoma, today she says she feels "lucky to be alive".

Rare disorder threatens to paralyse young girl

A Givealittle page has been set up to help the family of Jaidyn Webb.

Like many 4-year-olds Jaidyn Webb leads an active life, but she is just a knock away from danger.

Mental health workers say "quality of care" at threat video

Dina Sembrano, a nurse at mental health facility Tiaho Mai, protests with her fellow PSA members about the risks of getting rid of the current roster system.

Mental health workers from four different DHB's protested outside Waikato Hospital's Henry Bennett Rongomau Centre on Friday about the risk to their current roster system.

Govt takes aim at childhood obesity

According to the most recent New Zealand Health Survey, 1.2 million New Zealanders are obese.

As a Govt scheme aimed at honing the waistlines of chubby children kicks off, health experts question whether it will be enough to stem the rising tide of obesity.

Health apps may misdiagnose

An increase in smartphone health apps has health professionals worried.

An increase in smartphone health apps is worrying health professionals.

SDHB deficit could be $42m

Annette King, Labour MP & Health spokeswoman, on a visit to Invercargill.

A leaked document sent to Labour's health spokeswoman reveals the Southern District Health Board's finances are in trouble.

Patients lodge privacy complaints

Sheryl McCallum's complaint letter says the privacy breach caused her a lot of stress.

At least two Southland Hospital patients have laid official complaints with the privacy commissioner.

DHB restructure: coming soon

Waikato DHB CEO Nigel Murray has announced a restructure will take place in the next few weeks.

A restructure is set to take place at the Waikato District Health Board.

Midwife admits breach of mother's rights

Linda and Robert Barlow's baby Adam died soon after birth and their lead maternity carer has admitted failings. They are pictured in 2012, when the coroner's report was released.

A midwife has admitted failings in her care for a baby, who died soon after birth, and his mother.

Measles carrier shopped around

A case of measles in Auckland has been confirmed by the Auckland Regional Public Health Service.

Health authorities on alert after man with measles visits several public places in Auckland while infectious.

Sex changes in limbo

Phyllis King, of Taranaki, spent about $25,000 on a trip to Thailand for gender reassignment surgery.

Young Kiwis stuck in the wrong sex remain in limbo, more than a year after the retirement of our only sex-change surgeon.

Paracetamol dulls pleasure as well as pain


Paracetamol is an effective pain reliever but also reduces feelings of pleasure, a study suggests.

Dump 'crazy' plan

Southland Hospital hospitality manager Gaynor Johnstone works in the kitchen.

DHBs should reject "crazy" idea of outsourcing food production, says Annette King.

Govt underestimating cost of cancer - research suggests

Adam Newcombe and his partner, Anna. Adam is currently undergoing treatment for bowel cancer.

A bowel screening programme could save millions of dollars, say academics, after new research shows the Health Ministry could be significantly underestimating the costs of treating cancer.

Kiwis holding off cancer for longer

Adam Newcombe and his partner, Anna. Adam is currently undergoing treatment for bowel cancer.

Kiwis diagnosed with cancer are surviving the disease with more success than in the past.

Wairarapa's painkiller data scrutinised

A Best Practice New Zealand  study found  21,000 dispensings in Wairarapa, but DHB clinical leader Dr Tony Becker questioned the findings, saying there were fewer than 90 known methadone users.

Wairarapa opioid prescriptions are the highest in New Zealand, but local health authorities are questioning the figures.

Ebola battler home safe

Northland DHB's Dr Clair Mills.

A Northland doctor is home safe and sound after spending three months fighting the largest Ebola outbreak ever known.

Costly drug sufferer's last hope

Jo Bhagat with husband Praveen Bhagat in 2013.

Jo Bhagat has one last chance at saving her life from an aggressive and rare form of breast cancer.

Campaign could save 400 trips

Anna Kete had to go to Waikato to have a pacemaker put in, because the procedure can't be done in taranaki.

A new campaign is raising $1.2m for an angiography suite at Taranaki Base Hospital.

Call for flu jabs during pregnancy

Katie van de Pas was hours from death when she contracted swine flu last year while pregnant with her daughter Dinah

Waikato woman Katie van de Pas never thought something as common as the flu could leave her fighting for her life.

Struggle over after tough life video

Michael Yeatman, a Christchurch man who faced huge obstacles during his life, has died.

After a life filled with adversity, Michael Yeatman's struggles are over.

Wiping the smile off your face

Orthodontist Phillip Green is concerned that overseas trend for DIY dentistry will catch on in NZ.

A Hamilton orthodontist worries that the overseas trend of do-it-yourself orthodontistry will catch on in NZ.

Push for more scrutiny


The record of individual doctors could be opened to public scrutiny for the first time.

Nursing service attracts 15 complaints

Invercargill woman Fiona Turnbull says the Royal District Nursing Service's service has not improved since she complained.

The Royal District Nursing Service has received 14 complaints from clients and one from a staff member since it took over a Southland home support contract in 2013.

Free exams forgotten

Breast cancer survivor Jean Merrilees said women should be taking advantage of the free mammograms because "you can never be too careful".

Waikato has two permanent breast screening sites and twenty mobile units, yet women aren't taking up the service.

Vaccine debate in the south

BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 26:  A children's doctor injects a vaccine against measles, rubella, mumps and chicken pox to an infant on February 26, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. The city of Berlin is facing an outbreak of measles that in recent weeks has led to over 700 cases and one confirmed death of a little boy who had not been vaccinated. Vaccination in Germany is not compulsory by law though the vast majority of parents have their children vaccinated.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

The Government is not ruling out bringing in a "no vaccine, no money" scheme that has been touted in Australia.

Intellectually disabled man hit

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An unqualified caregiver hit, pinched and engaged in "rough play" with an intellectually disabled man who he was meant to be helping with community engagement.

Kiwi in Australia dies with damaged heart

Isaac Harawira, 23, died in hospital in Australia.

A New Zealand man stuck in Australia with a heart condition has lost his battle to recover.

Breast removed after botch-up

A biopsy botch up led a surgeons removing a woman's breast for no reason.

A woman had a healthy breast removed after a biopsy botch-up by Southern Community Laboratories.

Epilepsy support groups will help to remove social stigma

Bryce Rae said epilepsy support groups will help those with the condition, feel less stigmatised from the public.

Epilepsy support groups will help to remove social stigma.

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