Eileen Goodwin

Cannabis laws not helping - health workers

The legal status of cannabis puts a ''massive block'' between client and clinician, Pact mental health clinical leader Matthew Peppercorn told a cannabis public forum at Dunedin Hospital.

Not talking of suicide not working: Roper

New Zealand's stubbornly high suicide rate shows it is time for a serious rethink, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Community Member Graham Roper says.

Omani medical student hopes to practise in NZ

An international medical student who has spent nearly a decade studying in Dunedin says he is not ready to give up his goal of obtaining registration as a doctor in this country.

Health panel dead: Hague

Health panel dead: Hague

A national public health committee that has not met for a couple of years has effectively been unlawfully disbanded, Green Party health spokesman Kevin Hague says.

Rest-home role advocated

Relatives should take an active role in the care of family members in rest-homes, and not just leave them alone, the author of a new book about choosing a home says.

Trend for GPs not to encourage PSA testing in men

A growing number of GPs will not initiate discussion of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing with male patients, research published yesterday in the New Zealand Medical Journal concludes.

Thousands could join class action

Thousands of caregivers will be invited to join a class action in the wake of a court judgement clearing the way for a challenge on the basis of gender discrimination, Service and Food Workers' Union national secretary John Ryall says.

Doctors' fees for children under fire

Doctors' fees for children under fire

Wide variations in the cost of a child's appointment with a doctor are ''obscene'', and the medical fraternity should agree a city-wide price, Salvation Army Dunedin Community Ministries manager Lindsay Andrews says.

Issue for overseas medical graduates

International medical students seem likely to miss out on placements because of the placement shortage for graduate doctors, University of Otago Faculty of Medicine manager Bruce Smith says.

Enjoying a special moment

Enjoying a special moment

Vic Isbister was a young man working in Wellington when he saw Otago win the Ranfurly Shield at Athletic Park 56 years ago.