The country's top health official is quitting. Ministry of Health director-general Chai Chuah said yesterday he would leave early next year, less than three years into a five-year term.
The planning and implementation of the urology super-clinic at Dunedin Hospital should be a lesson to those at the top, writes Calvin Oaten.
A baby died during birth after the mother was bumped from her elective caesarean at least once because an emergency C-section took priority.
The bid by Waikato District Health Board and Waikato University for a medical school has greatly perturbed Otago and Auckland universities, writes Eileen Goodwin.
Britain is adopting a ``ban'' on junk food advertising to children, just as a New Zealand authority has choked on a similar rule proposed here.
'Tis the season to be jolly and tackle the hidden health issue of malnutrition among older Australians, says the peak body for dietitians.
Eating a handful of nuts every day will help prevent premature death as well as stave off a wide variety of diseases, a new study has found.
A young girl has retail chain Specsavers to thank after one of its optometrists discovered a life-threatening cyst near her brain during a free eye exam.
Free GP visits and prescriptions for children under 13 was the surprise feature of the health announcements in yesterday's Budget.
More interest in alternative remedies is likely to feature in a post-antibiotic world, a University of Otago infectious diseases authority says.
The Southern District Health Board has been the focus of close attention this week, with concerns expressed across the health sector about the population-based funding model, staffing levels,...
Details have emerged from a nurses' meeting about concerns a lack of staff in Dunedin Hospital's neonatal intensive care unit (Nicu) could be harming patients.
Concern health heads are ''robbing Nurse Betty to pay Dr Ropata'' by skimping on nurse budgets has been raised by a Southern District Health Board member.
The Southern District Health Board will not release preliminary findings about what caused this week's hospital IT crash for several weeks.
Stuart McLauchlan, the man charged with monitoring the Southern District Health Board, says he was not told of legal advice in 2010 that the South Link Health (SLH) funds dispute might involve fraud.
South Link Health (SLH) says it found out through reading the Otago Daily Times that the Southern District Health Board had called in a forensic accountant over what the Dunedin-based independent practitioner association believed until this week was a commercial dispute.
An audit of 767 people who may have had delayed or declined access to surveillance colonoscopy in Otago between 2007 and 2011 found eight had died of bowel cancer or its complications.
Appealing an equal pay case has put the aged care industry into an ''awkward situation'' because it would ''love'' to pay carers more, Aged Care Association Otago Southland board member Malcolm Hendry says.
A genuine conversation is needed when changes to mental health services are proposed, writes Max Reid.