Eileen Goodwin

Progress on care workers' travel time claims

The Government has agreed to try to reach a settlement with care workers over the lack of payment for the time they spend travelling between clients. The Public Service Association this week welcomed the decision.

Coroner to lead talk on suicide

Coroner to lead talk on suicide

A public meeting in Dunedin about suicide is hopefully the start of greater co-ordination and leadership of prevention efforts, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists community member Graham Roper says.

Man gets surgery date after MP acts

Man gets surgery date after MP acts

A Dunedin man who has waited nearly six months for urgent prostate surgery was given a date for the operation within days of his local MP asking the health board about his care.

Protest in opposition to Taiwan-China deal

Protest in opposition to Taiwan-China deal

A free trade deal that threatens Taiwanese jobs was signed without democratic scrutiny, protest leader Jason Fan says.

Hair for the foreseeable the future

Hair for the foreseeable the future

Having clocked up three decades in his own barber shop, Michael Shanks says he will not be retiring any time soon.

Funding woes roadblock to day surgery

Funding woes roadblock to day surgery

An upgrade of day-stay surgery at Dunedin Hospital is likely to depend on whether funding can be found to refurbish areas of the hospital, Resident Doctors' Association national secretary Deborah Powell says.

Poisons centre roles jeopardised by plan

Wide-reaching functions of Dunedin's National Poisons Centre, including advising on military and national security matters, are threatened by a proposal that could cost up to 14 jobs, centre director Dr Wayne Temple says.

Doubt over service linked to breast screening

Another southern health service may be outsourced, and medical unions say the health board should have foreseen the situation last year, when it decided to stop providing a related service.

Medicine run amok, or mere advice?

Medicine run amok, or mere advice?

New Zealand is one of two developed countries that allow direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription-only medicine. Critics claim a proposed trade deal could make advertising more worthwhile if drug-buying agency Pharmac is affected. Health reporter Eileen Goodwin looks at the issue.

Acupuncture a basic tool: expert

Acupuncture a basic tool: expert

Every GP should learn acupuncture as a basic pain relief tool, clinicians at a medical conference in Dunedin were told yesterday.