The Southern District Health Board's rate of
electroconvulsive therapy, at more than double the national
average, is the highest in New Zealand, the latest report of
the director of mental health shows.
The Chief Coroner and the media have set New Zealand firmly
on a path that deviates from international best practice in
loosening the restrictions around reporting suicide, a New
Zealand Medical Journal editorial co-written by a University
of Otago academic says.
Rising use of synthetic cannabis is having a "significant
impact" in mental-health wards and is partly to blame for
increasing assaults on staff, Otago mental-health nursing
director Heather Casey says.