Setting an example for the younger generation is the reason why the Arai Te Uru marae in Wakari, Dunedin, is becoming the first smokefree marae in Otago.
International attention will soon focus on a promising new drug co-invented by University of Otago Prof Robin Smith, with results of a clinical trial involving hepatitis C patients being released next week.
Health Minister David Cunliffe has lashed out at the leader of the junior doctors' union saying he will never cave in to their "unrealistic" demands.
A ‘‘SIGNIFICANT-SIZED'' hospital may be built inland, in response to predicted population growth in Queenstown and Central Otago, health officials say.
A breakthrough could be in sight in the junior doctors' dispute with district health boards (DHBs), with meetings between the parties called for tomorrow and Wednesday.
A salary increase of 13.3% during three years, more allowances for continuing education and a one-off $10,000 lump sum payment are some of the features of a proposed settlement between senior doctors and district health boards, it was revealed yesterday.
The Otago District Health Board is planning for a limited strike by junior doctors signalled for later this month, but it is too early to tell what services might be affected.
Reductions in non-acute mental health services offered by Otago District Health Board will start today, but some staff are unhappy with consultation over changes.
The Public Service Association will meet Otago District Health Board management this week to discuss how to ‘‘make the best of a bad situation'' over proposed cuts to mental health services, organiser Mark Ryan says.
Dunedin Hospital's community day programmes for mental health patients will close for up to three months, a move one service user believes could lead to more acute admissions.
Staff shortages and consistently overflowing wards for acute mental health patients are forcing the Otago District Health Board to cut back its services to non-acute patients.
The ‘‘stop smoking'' message to pregnant women needs to be pushed harder, according to a new survey.
Health forums are one idea being proposed by health committees as they try to find ways to engage more effectively with the community.
Jane Blair wants to give one of her kidneys to someone who badly needs it, and says more people should be doing the same, with encouragement from the Government.
An independent report has criticised sacked members of the Hawkes Bay District Health Board for failing to properly manage conflicts of interest.
The spiralling cost of new drugs - many of them highly expensive treatments for cancer and auto-immune disorders - is a big issue not just in New Zealand, but internationally, say staff at the government drug-buying agency Pharmac.
New, expensive medical drugs swamping the market have become an issue New Zealanders need to tackle as a society, health professionals say, and they want to stimulate public debate on the controversial issue.
Health Minister David Cunliffe has confirmed a report into the troubled Hawkes Bay District Health Board will be released today, despite calls for it to be delayed, dumped or replaced.
Party pills with benzylpiperazine (BZP) cannot be sold from next month - and hallucinogen salvia divinorum may be the next recreational drug to become a restricted substance in New Zealand.