Eileen Goodwin

South's alcohol statistics worst

South's alcohol statistics worst

Public Health South's 2013 alcohol report paints an alarming picture of hazardous drinking in the South, prompting a call for tougher regulations over the sale and distribution of alcohol. Health reporter Eileen Goodwin talks to the people at the front line, in our Booze Control: Stop and Think series.

Mental health care defended

Mental health care defended

Mental health care provider Pact has taken issue with what it deems a ''negative'' portrayal of community-based care in the concerns raised over cutting bed numbers at Wakari Hospital.

Contrary views on mental health cuts

Contrary views on mental health cuts

Some long-term Wakari Hospital mental health inpatients face an uncertain future in the community, which does not appear equipped to care for them if they are discharged in the coming months, Dunedin North MP David Clark says.

Cost barrier to establishing DNA database

The main ethical hurdle to establishing a universal forensic DNA database is cost, not civil liberties, Canterbury University ethicist Dr Carolyn Mason says.

Drug advertising claim provokes retort

A claim that direct-to-consumer drug advertising is a constitutional right drew a fiery response from two GPs at the New Zealand Bioethics Conference in Dunedin yesterday.

Hundreds of DHB workers on less than 'living wage'

Hundreds of DHB workers on less than 'living wage'

About 8% of Southern District Health Board staff are paid less than the amount deemed a ''living wage'' by fair pay advocates, new figures show.

Mental health capacity to be slashed at Wakari

Mental health capacity to be slashed at Wakari

Nearly 13 fulltime jobs in a sub-acute mental health ward in Dunedin will go in a plan to halve its beds from 24 to 12.

Book to highlight specialness

Book to highlight specialness

A planned coffee-table book featuring children with rare disorders will accentuate the positive aspects of their lives, Dunedin parents of participating children say.

Sharp eyes save fugitive tuatara

Sharp eyes save fugitive tuatara

Joanna and Tane Tokona were not quite sure what to do when they first spotted a wild tuatara that had escaped from Orokonui Ecosanctuary.

Trips not needed; it's all right here

Trips not needed; it's all right here

Dunedin woman Debbie Green was stunned to find she had travelled to Hamilton for a publicly-funded treatment that was available on her own doorstep.