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GP failure in communication and follow-up of abnormal test results

Health and Disability Commissioner Anthony Hill today released a report finding a General Practitioner (GP) in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for failures relating to the communication and follow up of abnormal blood tests.

Survey reveals little progress in distributed clinical leadership

Little progress in distributed clinical leadership; represents a lost opportunity and is downright scary "District Health Boards are failing to foster a culture of distributed clinical leadership, despite its demonstrated benefits to the sector," says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Associa

Smoking cigarettes worse than smoking marijuana, say teens

Smoking cigarettes is worse teenage behaviour than smoking marijuana, according to Year 11-13 students from New Zealand schools. Furthermore, they think that their parents would agree with them.

Increasing waistlines 'forcing us to find new sleep positions'

Kiwis’ expanding waistlines and higher BMIs are forcing us to adopt new sleep positions to help them breathe - according to new research.

News coverage hinders Smoke-free says vaping boss - Alt New Zealand

"It’s disappointing that news out of the United States of hospitalisations linked to illegal street drugs is somehow seen as relevant to the New Zealand vaping scene," says Ben Pryor, Director of Alt New Zealand - the largest Kiwi-owned vaping company.

Most of our packaged food is ultra-processed, unhealthy - study

A new, in-depth snapshot of packaged food sold in New Zealand supermarkets reveals most of it is unhealthy, with nearly 70 percent classified as ultra-processed.

Cancer Society’s ‘Precautionary Approach’ to vaping will cost lives

If the government is serious about harm reduction it should do the exact opposite of what the Cancer Society recommends, says harm reduction advocacy body AVCA (Aotearoa Vape Community Action).

Teenagers say nope to dope - study

New research from the University of Otago, Wellington, has shed light on the declining use of cannabis use by teens.

NZ doctors at risk of being 'hung out to dry' prescribing cannabis-based medicines - MRINZ

There are concerns that government ‘haste’ to widen patient access to cannabis-based medicines by year’s end will expose doctors to legal threat, leaving them caught in the crossfire between patient demand and their professional obligations.

Northland babies sleep safely thanks to Lions Club

The Mangakahia Lions Club have kicked off their 50th anniversary celebrations by donating funds to Health Fund PLUS to purchase lifesaving equipment for the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) at Whangarei Hospital.