Eileen Goodwin

Top-paid health board employee makes up to $660,000

The highest-paid employee at Southern District Health Board received between $650,000 and $660,000 in the last financial year, the board's 2012 annual report shows.

Recognition validates pain medicine

Recognition validates pain medicine

A poorly understood condition suffered by up to one in five New Zealanders finally gained its own scope of practice last month when the Medical Council formally recognised pain medicine. Dunedin anaesthetist and pain medicine specialist Dr David Jones had led a six-year campaign to ensure the specialty achieved the status it has in Australia, where it has been recognised since 2005.

Tomahawk church a place for gathering

Tomahawk church a place for gathering

Nicky Jackson loves the converted church she has owned since 2009, and is preparing for her family to move in full-time. She spoke to reporter Eileen Goodwin.

SDHB chooses Australian provider

SDHB chooses Australian provider

An Australian-owned, Auckland-based organisation has secured one of three contracts to provide home-based services for elderly people in the South.

Whooping cough caution

The Ministry of Health is encouraging people gathering for the festive season to protect babies from whooping cough. New Zealand is in the middle of a whooping cough outbreak, with more than 6700 cases since August 2011. Babies are the most vulnerable, and could catch the disease from siblings, parents, family members and friends.

SDHB seeks finance person with 'savvy'

A person adept at avoiding ''land mines'' is sought to lead the Southern District Health Board to financial health.

Contract shock for PSO

Contract shock for PSO

Presbyterian Support Otago (PSO) has suffered a ''huge shock'' from being dumped as the provider of a $5.5 million annual contract providing home-based services to older people, chief executive Gillian Bremner says.

Vending machines before art

Vending machines before art

An art print in Dunedin Hospital has been ''obliterated'' by vending machines ''plonked'' either side, art advisory committee acting chairwoman Barbara Brinsley says.

Fundraising for young stroke victims

Fundraising for young stroke victims

There is little support for young people who suffer a life-changing stroke, says survivor Maria Fredatovich.

Health board budget targets savings

The Southern District Health Board now has an agreed 2012-13 budget which contains ''waste reduction and savings initiatives'', a report to the board says.