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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.

More health board staff receive flu vaccination

A record 53% of Southern District Health Board staff received a flu jab this year, the board said yesterday.

Ryall defends health funding in the South

Ryall defends health funding in the South

Health Minister Tony Ryall says public investment in health services in Dunedin is ''quite good'', but the Government is not getting enough credit.

Elective surgery focus questioned

Elective surgery focus questioned

The Government's elective surgery targets encourage health boards to push through high volumes of straightforward procedures, senior doctors' union executive director Ian Powell says.

Effort to employ nurses

Strategies are in place to avoid the situation faced by last year's nursing graduates, 30% of whom were unemployed at one stage.

Health communications team expands

The Southern District Health Board's communications department is advertising for a fifth staff member.

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.

SDHB admits drug level fault

SDHB admits drug level fault

The Southern District Health Board has accepted fault in its treatment of a Dunedin patient who probably died from having toxic levels of a drug used to treat schizophrenia.

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