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ACC pays millions in medical mishap compo

Other News 24 April 2017 Brittany Keogh - NZ Herald

ACC has paid out $80 million in the past two years over claims for medical mishaps. Last year ACC paid more than $41 million (excluding GST) in compensation to people who received “treatment injuries”, a figure revealed after an Official Information Act request. This figure, the total amount paid out from 9382 separate claims, does not include the cost of treatment or rehabilitation for the treatment injury. Read the article here:

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Medical schools jolted into action

Other News 24 April 2017 Eileen Goodwin - Otago Daily Times

The bid by Waikato District Health Board and Waikato University  for a medical school has greatly perturbed Otago and Auckland universities, writes Eileen Goodwin from the Otago Daily Times. There is nothing like a common threat to unite old foes. Waikato’s bid to set up a third medical school has forced traditional rivals Otago and Auckland into an unlikely alliance. The two medical schools have in recent months pitched up together in Wellington to persuade officials of the merits of …

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Further support for North Canterbury & Marlborough

Other News 24 April 2017 Media Release - Health Minister Jonathan Coleman

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has announced an additional $500,000 investment to boost the post-earthquake support package for North Canterbury and Marlborough families. “The Government is committed to ensuring the people of North Canterbury and Marlborough can access the health services that they need following the 14 November earthquake,” says Dr Coleman. “We know that after a serious earthquake, people can feel stressed and anxious for a long time after the event. The psychosocial recovery needs of the communities will change …

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Mental health inquiry will help to save lives

Other News 24 April 2017 Media Release - Green Party

The Green Party supports the findings of the People’s Mental Health Review, released today, and is calling on the Government to now do its job and hold an inquiry into our strained mental health system. “Time and time again we’re hearing stories of New Zealanders not being able to get the help they need. The Government needs to do right by those people and their families, and find out why,” Green Party health spokesperson Julie Anne Genter said. “People accessing …

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Timaru school needs ‘more education’ in regards to vaccine says SCDHB

Other News 24 April 2017 Ben Aulakh - Stuff

More “education” is needed for the Board of Trustees of a Timaru school that banned vaccinations from being administered on school grounds, the South Canterbury District Health Board’s chief executive says. After a board meeting on March 6, Grantlea Downs School decided not to allow the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine from being given to children on school grounds. The HPV vaccine was the only vaccine the DHB administered at South Canterbury schools. In addition to withdrawing from the nationwide HPV …

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Damning report joins calls for inquiry into country’s stretched mental health services

Other News 20 April 2017 Olivia Carville - New Zealand Herald

Pressure is building for the Government to launch an independent inquiry into the mental health sector in the wake of a damning new report. The People’s Mental Health Review report, released today, canvassed 500 people who have either accessed or worked within mental health services in New Zealand. Almost 95 per cent of those surveyed had negative experiences of the sector and shared stories of inappropriately long wait times, an over-reliance on medication and an under-resourced, stressed workforce. Read the …

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Mental health and addiction nurses on the rise in Marlborough and Nelson

Other News 19 April 2017 Jennifer Eder - Stuff

The number of nurses working in mental health and addiction in the top of the South has increased over the past five years, but there is a declining number of specialists in the sector. There were 126 registered nurses working in mental health and addiction in Nelson and Marlborough in 2011, but that number jumped to 161 last year, the Ministry of Health revealed. However, the Marlborough community mental health team has been short-staffed over the past six months, with …

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Hospital delays mental health programme to meet budget

Other News 19 April 2017 Nicholas McBride - Stuff

High-priority mental health and youth programmes will bear the brunt of belt tightening as Palmerston North Hospital scrambles to meet its budget. Hospital management has admitted it had to put off some programmes to get out of the red, but won’t say exactly which ones. Read the article here:

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Historic day as caregivers offered equal pay settlement

Other News 18 April 2017 Media release - E tū, NZNO, PSA and CTU

Unions representing care and support workers are pleased to be jointly announcing with government a proposed equal pay settlement to 55,000 workers across the aged residential, disability and home support sectors. The proposed settlement is a huge win and will make a real difference in valuing the work of care and support workers and the people they support, workers in the sector say. It is a significant step in addressing gender inequality in New Zealand. The offer lifts care and …

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Doctors warn of threat to ‘green light’ emergency life-savers

Other News 18 April 2017 Tess Brunton - Stuff

A nationwide network of emergency doctors are warning “precarious” funding could put lives at risk. Primary Response in Medical Emergencies (Prime) responders support mainly rural communities from about 75 sites but say they are already not paid for call-outs and a lack of awareness about the service could lead to its demise. Waimate Medical Centre general practitioner Dr Sarah Creegan, one of hundreds of Prime responders across the country, said the service was “precarious at the moment”. Read the article here: 

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