Eileen Goodwin

Referral from Australia

It is not often Australian patients are referred to New Zealand, but next week an Australian patient will be treated in Dunedin for a rare form of cancer.

'No comment' on gender pay decision

Health Minister Tony Ryall declined to comment on a landmark gender pay decision when he visited Dunedin yesterday.

'Many traumatised' by audiology failings

'Many traumatised' by audiology failings

The Otago Association for Deaf Children lobbied Dunedin Hospital management and the former Otago District Health Board for improvements to audiology, but was frustrated when its concerns were largely ignored.

Smoke-free policy to be eased in

Smoke-free clauses will be added to community providers' contracts under a policy approved by the Southern District Health Board.

SDHB board to decide smoking issue

SDHB board to decide smoking issue

Board members, not staff, will decide whether locked-in mental health patients at Southern District Health Board are allowed to smoke.

Shortage of medical jobs

Shortage of medical jobs

An ''extraordinary'' drop in international medical jobs contributed to a shortfall of places for this year's medical school graduates, which was resolved this week only by the goodwill of district health boards, Prof Des Gorman told a GP medical conference in Dunedin yesterday.

DHB to 'improve' audiology service

DHB to 'improve' audiology service

The Southern District Health Board says it has no way of knowing how many parents sought a second opinion on their child's hearing before more than 1500 families were contacted and offered retesting.

Top nurse to do review

The top nurse at Southern District Health Board is heading to Rarotonga to review nursing standards.

Free GP service making loss

Free GP service making loss

Free Dunedin GP service Servants Health Centre is running a $1000 to $1500 monthly deficit, a situation it says could be relieved if it had more GP volunteers.

Ultrasound waiting times to be a focus

The Southern District Health Board says it can focus on reducing waiting times for ultrasound, because CT and MRI waiting times are coming under control.