Eileen Goodwin

Scientific beliefs of Maori to be studied

Scientific beliefs of Maori to be studied

Visiting scholar in Japanese social anthropology will devote part of her four-month stay at the University of Otago researching the impact of Maori scientific beliefs.

New Jetty by summer will 'liven up' Portobello

New Jetty by summer will 'liven up' Portobello

By summer, Portobello will have a new jetty replacing a decrepit structure, opening Otago Harbour once more for recreation from the village, excited community leaders say.

Change may pose risk

Elderly people with chronic illnesses are now funded by district health boards, rather than the Ministry of Health, in a change this month that carries a "downstream" financial risk to boards, Southern District Health Board finance and funding general manager Robert Mackway-Jones told a health committee recently.

DHB called on to consult private healthcare sector

Southern DHB should consult the private healthcare sector before releasing major health planning documents, Mercy Hospital chief executive Richard Whitney says.

PHO backs down on subsidies

PHO backs down on subsidies

Young people in Otago and Southland will have access to two subsidised sexual health consultations a year regardless of socio-economic status, as the Southern PHO has backed down on a controversial plan limiting sexual health funding to "high needs" groups.

Plan warns of increase in cancer cases

A new cancer control plan to be presented to the Southern District Health Board today says the board must prepare for a significant increase in the number of cancer cases.

Extra $419,000 needed to cope with surgery 'crisis'

The Southern District Health Board is being urged to spend an extra $419,000 to pay for more theatre time to deal with a "crisis" in acute surgery at Dunedin Hospital.

Best response identified

Best response identified

Dishing out tranquillisers to stressed people happens when normal distress is wrongly diagnosed, Dr Margaret Grigg, the Australian nurse who led the Victorian Government's mental-health response to the Black Saturday bushfires, says.

Rural carers hit by cost of travel

A rural home-help provider says a 1.7% funding increase will not allow it to raise its 30c-per-kilometre mileage rate for carers.

Good news for Ashburn Clinic

Good news for Ashburn Clinic

Despite facing a significant financial shortfall this year, Dunedin's private psychiatric hospital, Ashburn Clinic, has good news about its future.