Eileen Goodwin

Suicide coverage lift triggers warning

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.

Therapy needed when reflex failed

Therapy needed when reflex failed

Swallowing is something we take for granted.

However, Dunedin woman Margaret Fisher not only had to learn to swallow again after an extremely rare type of stroke, she needs to be conscious of each and every one.

Synthetic cannabis 'a huge problem'

Synthetic cannabis 'a huge problem'

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.

Reduced management presence concerns nurses

Reduced management presence concerns nurses

In a "disappointing" decision by Southern District Health Board, nurses in senior management will be reduced from nine to five, New Zealand Nurses Organisation organiser Lorraine Lobb says.

Red meat/cancer link disputed

Red meat/cancer link disputed

There is no conclusive evidence red meat increases the risk of bowel cancer, a visiting United States epidemiologist says.

High-paid ACC doctors in Otago

High-paid ACC doctors in Otago

Three of four doctors in the spotlight this week for performing high numbers of assessments for ACC are based in Otago.

Past pupils join honoured dozen

Past pupils join honoured dozen

Three distinguished past pupils of King's High School, in Dunedin, have been inducted into the school's "wall of fame".

Board's letter about 'serious problems' offends doctors

Board's letter about 'serious problems' offends doctors

The senior doctors' union is unimpressed with what it calls a "petty point-scoring" open letter Southern District Health Board management has sent Dunedin Hospital emergency department staff.

Health merger takes big step forward today

Health merger takes big step forward today

A "forced arranged marriage" is how Southern District Health Board's chief medical officer describes the health merger of a couple of years ago.

Second oncologist set to draw patients

A second medical oncologist who recently joined Dunedin's burgeoning private chemotherapy service is expected to increase patient numbers, Mercy Hospital chief executive Richard Whitney says.