The midwifery industry has hit back at comments about the state of the sector after what they say are unprecedented attacks over the last few days.
It is hard to tell whether reports of adverse reactions for thyroid drug Eltroxin received by the Centre for Adverse Reactions Monitoring in Dunedin have reached a plateau or if they are the tip of the iceberg, centre director Dr Michael Tatley says.
Otago District Health Board chief executive Brian Rousseau has concerns over measures aimed at improving the health of Maori in Otago.
People who come to Dunedin Hospital's emergency department often feel guilty about being there but see it as their only option, Dr Anne Worsnop says.
While Dunedin couple Kelli and Parviz Najafi can claim a New Zealand first title for their twins, they were the only parents in their antenatal class who did not know the sex of their babies.
A recent survey has found nasal mucus ends up in the air, on the ground, on clothing, wrists, fingers and inside pockets with alarming regularity in New Zealand schools.
The Otago District Health Board and its nursing staff are expected to find ways of working more efficiently to save $1.8 million, but it will not be easy, chief nursing officer Teresa Bradfield says.
In the past six months, South Link Health, a Dunedin-based organisation which supports general practice across the South Island, has reduced its staffing by about two-thirds.
Controversial plans to have a general practitioner centre at Dunedin Hospital's emergency department will be among options to be explored at a meeting between board management and the Ministry of Health this month.
A second neurosurgeon has been appointed by the Otago District Health Board which continues to be dogged by ongoing staff shortages.
Extra pay for senior doctors cost the the Otago District Health Board $420,000 during the two junior doctors' strikes.
Five extra accommodation units for cancer patients having treatment in Dunedin will be available for use in early September when the Otago-Southland division of the Cancer Society completes the $600,000 upgrade of its building in Great King St.
The introduction of the pneumococcal vaccine for babies this month has been badly handled and has not been a "good look" for the health profession, a nurses union representative says.
A new Aids threat is rising in India's numerous call centres, where young staff are increasingly having unprotected sex with multiple partners in affairs developed during night shifts, a top Aids expert has warned.
Grants totalling more than $150,000 have been announced by the Otago Medical Research Foundation, an organisation which distributes money to support local medical research.
Ideas to help relieve the shortage of doctors in New Zealand short-term involving both junior doctors and those with more than a sprinkling of grey hair were suggested in Wellington yesterday.
Greater community collaboration to address the difficulties of attracting health staff to the South was discussed at an Otago-Southland district health boards advisory meeting this week.
Politicians are looking at using an incentive-based system of writing off student loans to encourage young doctors to stay in New Zealand.
The Southland District Health Board has joined the Otago board in deciding not to pay for laboratory tests ordered by specialists for private patients.
Despite a big increase in the life expectancy of New Zealanders, infectious and chronic diseases still pose a significant threat, a leading biochemist, Dr Jilly Evans, warns.