Many people are spending thousands of dollars on private surgery in Otago because the public system is failing them, Dunedin ear, nose and throat surgeon Martyn Fields says.
More than 3000 Otago and Southland 4-year-olds are to be given thorough and free health checks before they start school.
In a move expected to save about $1 million, the Otago District Health Board in a split vote yesterday decided it should stop paying for laboratory tests ordered by specialists for private patients.
Health Research Council funding gained by Prof Bob Hancox will significantly extend the University of Otago's "highly successful" Dunedin multidisciplinary health and development study.
Most New Zealanders have enrolled in a primary health organisation (PHO) since they were introduced six years ago, but how much has health care in the community changed and are patients benefiting from the new system?
Many people wrongly believe people have to lose consciousness to be concussed, Brain Injury Association Otago liaison officer Cathy Matthews says.
Staff wage settlements may cost the Otago District Health Board about $4 million more than expected by the end of the financial year in June.
The national disability strategy is receiving attention from the Otago District Health Board, although there is a need to improve disability awareness, chief executive Brian Rousseau says.
A survey of New Zealand asthma sufferers has found more than half are not keeping on top of their condition.
Public-funded Otago District Health Board (ODHB) operations are being done at Mercy Hospital for the first time and the private hospital could easily do more - as Otago health bosses say they will struggle to spend an extra $1.8 million on elective surgery.
Dunedin Hospital's community day programme for mental health patients has continued despite reductions to non-acute mental health services made in April.
The Pharmacy Council is reviewing a report in which deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Rae Lamb found the former Campus Pharmacy in Dunedin and its owner Peter Barron breached a man's rights to have services provided with reasonable care and skill.
An 80-year-old cardiac patient whose surgery was delayed twice, once due to the junior doctors' strike, had to be admitted through Dunedin Hospital's emergency department after her condition deteriorated last week, her husband says.
Although Otago school dental clinics are now fully staffed, some pupils are waiting longer than usual for standard treatment as new graduate therapists are mentored.
The short-staffed Otago District Health Board could face "some challenges" trying to spend an extra $1.8 million for elective surgery in the coming year, chief executive Brian Rousseau said this week.
A South Dunedin primary school principal believes a report suggesting one in five New Zealand children is living in poverty may understate the extent of the problem.
Plunket visits in Otago are being delayed for 2-year-olds as the service is stretched trying to cater for an increasing number of new babies.
Christopher Wilson's family wants a national protocol for identifying methadone patients using photographs put in place in pharmacies before present systems fail someone else.
Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Rae Lamb has found the former Campus Pharmacy in Dunedin and its then owner, Peter Barron, breached a man's rights to have services provided with reasonable care and skill after he was dispensed somebody else's methadone and later died.