Eileen Goodwin

Rehab services under review

The New Zealand Nurses' Organisation says it is ''mystified'' by a Southern District Health Board consultation document about a review of rehabilitation and older person's health services.

Increase $686.7 million

More children will be able to attend early childhood education from an earlier age because of a $74.9 million funding boost in the Budget, Education Minister Hekia Parata says.

Deficits still likely to blow out

Extra funding for district health boards announced in the Budget falls well short of the sector's needs, CTU economist Bill Rosenberg says.

Students claim underfunding

Students claim underfunding

A proposal to reduce annual fee increases for tertiary students was criticised by the sector's main student union organisation yesterday.

Increase welcome surprise from Centre-right

The Government deserves credit for doing what Labour failed to do - lifting benefit levels to deal with the extremes of child poverty, a Dunedin social service leader says.

Pact endorses mental health model shift

A Dunedin mental health provider believes a shift to a market model giving more choice to service users, as recommended in a report, will give the organisation more flexibility to plan its future.

Cause of death drowning

Murray Edge died from drowning after falling into water while unconscious, his widow Marilyn Edge said yesterday.

Meals and more in service to Taieri residents

Meals and more in service to Taieri residents

The Southern District Health Board has confirmed its Mosgiel Meals on Wheels service is unaffected by the controversial Compass Group outsourcing. Health reporter Eileen Goodwin visited the service.

Kitchen spending unknown

Kitchen spending unknown

The Southern District Health Board has acknowledged it has no idea how much the Compass Group will spend equipping its kitchens over the next 15 years.

Relaxing family outing at physio pool

Relaxing family outing at physio pool

Chris Rollo is by no means the oldest swimmer at the physio pool, but having swum there for at least 25 years, he just might be its most loyal patron. Regular swims afford the 36-year-old a degree of freedom and movement otherwise denied to him by severe cerebral palsy.