Typhoid outbreak ‘shortcomings’ created undue public concern

Communication and cultural 'shortcomings' are highlighted in a review of the Auckland typhoid outbreak that hit a Pacific church congregation earlier this year.

Sugar labelled the new tobacco

Sugar has been labelled the "new tobacco" by scientists concerned by just how much of it we are now consuming, reports the New Zealand Herald in the lead-up to today's FIZZ symposium  in Auckland.

DHB nurses to pursue pay equity

The nursing union NZNO has tabled its intent to pursue a pay equity claim for district health board nurses.

DHB nurse pay talks underway: safe staffing top of agenda

Nurses' contract claims are being costed as bargaining gets underway between the 20 district health boards and nurses' union NZNO – with urgent action to address understaffing top of the nursing agenda.

MH support workers lodge pay equity claim

A pay equity claim on behalf of mental health support workers will today be lodged with the Employment Relations Authority, reports the New Zealand Herald.

Elder abuse week: family most common abusers

Family members are the alleged abusers in more than three-quarters of the more than 2000 elder abuse referrals received each year, says Age Concern.

Supreme Court backs DHB’s smoking ban

A health board's smoke-free policy has been unanimously backed by the Supreme Court after it was challenged by a patient, the New Zealand Herald reports.

Perinatal deaths at new low

Reduced smoking and fewer teenage mothers may have helped contribute to the lowest perinatal death rate since reporting began in 2007.

New health-focused targets

The government has switched its health-focused "Better Public Services" targets away from rheumatic fever and immunisation rates to broader antenatal and avoiding child hospitalisation targets.

New diploma RN prescribers here soon

About 15 registered nurse prescribers have now been authorised since the new prescribing pathway came into affect last September. But numbers are expected to grow soon with the first graduates of the new postgraduate diplomas in RN prescribing due this winter. 

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