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Top Ministry of Health official Michael Hundleby on ‘gardening leave’

25 July 2018 Michael Hayward - Stuff

A senior health official in charge of major hospital redevelopments in Christchurch, Greymouth and Dunedin is understood to be on ‘gardening leave’. NZ Doctor magazine last week reported Ministry of Health critical projects director Michael Hundleby was on gardening leave, associated with “relationship problems and capital projects”. Hundleby’s ministry role saw him oversee several major hospital redevelopments, including those in Christchurch, Greymouth and Dunedin. Before that, he was acting national director of the National Health Board. It is understood Hundleby did not attend a meeting of the Southern Partnership Group on June 26. As director …

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Margie Apa appointed as new chief executive for Counties Manukau DHB

25 July 2018 Emily Ford - Stuff

Counties Manukau DHB has appointed a new chief executive, more than a year after its last one left. Fepulea’i Margie Apa has been appointed to the role, which was previously held by Geraint Martin until his resignation in April 2017. Chief medical officer Gloria Johnson has been acting chief in the time since, and will return to her role when Apa takes up the job on September 3. Apa says she’s pleased to take up the new challenge. “It is a …

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Free counselling pilot for 18-25 year olds a step closer

23 July 2018 Media Release - Health Minister David Clark, Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter

Health Minister Dr David Clark and Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter are encouraging mental health providers to put forward innovative bids to run a pilot programme to provide free counselling for 18 to 25 year olds. David Clark says kicking off the procurement process for the Integrated Therapies Pilot today represents a significant step towards improving access and availability for a range of psychological therapies. “We know young people with mild to moderate mental health need help.  Three quarters …

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Doctors’ horror: Kids with maggots in scalps and pre-schoolers with rotting teeth

20 July 2018 Emma Russell - New Zealand Herald

Children with maggot-infested scalps and pre-schoolers with rotting teeth are among the horror stories that are being revealed by New Zealand doctors. In a bid to address child poverty, paediatricians have opened up about distressing cases that have left them feeling helpless. “I see rotting teeth when I lift the lip of pre-schoolers…I see matted hair on maggot-infested scalps needing general anaesthetics just to clean and shave, MidCentral DHB paediatrician Dr Jeff Brown said. He said for paediatricians around the …

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Navigating the New Zealand health sector

20 July 2018

Have you ever tried to explain to a new graduate, or someone who has immigrated to New Zealand, what all the different health sector organisations do and how they fit together? It’s not easy, is it? There are a couple of reasons for that. First, the reality is that there are multiple organisations and structures, many with similar sounding names, and often with quite a bit of cross-over in what they do. You’ve got the Health and Disability Commissioner and …

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Positive progress in health but challenges remain

20 July 2018 Media Release - Health Minister David Clark

The Health Minister Dr David Clark says a new report taking the pulse of the nation highlights several positives but underlines the seriousness of the challenges the Government is addressing. The annual Health and Independence report shows most New Zealanders feel they are in good, very good or excellent health. “We are living longer, and our health expectancy – how long we live in good health – is increasing too,’’ David Clark says. “The rate of premature deaths which …

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A new study should be the final nail for open-plan offices

19 July 2018 Libby Sander - Stuff

Open-plan offices have taken off because of a desire to increase interaction and collaboration among workers. But an innovative new study has found that employees in open-plan offices spend 73 per cent less time in face-to-face interactions. Email and messaging use shot up by over 67 per cent. The study is the first to track the impacts of open-plan offices using objective measures of communication. It used electronic badges and microphones to monitor interactions among employees and tracked changes in email use. …

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Nurses back at bargaining table, but will DHBs offer more money?

17 July 2018 Katarina Williams - Stuff

It will be a case of who blinks first, as the mexican standoff between nurses and the District Health Boards (DHBs) over pay and conditions resumes. New Zealand Nurses’ Organisation (NZNO) members want more financial investment, but their DHB employers and the government have publicly claimed no more money was available to bolster its current offer. Nevertheless, both parties are back at taking their seats around the negotiating table today – less than a week after nurses, healthcare assistants and midwives across …

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Auckland, Northland hospital computer systems within minutes of failing – report

17 July 2018 Phil Pennington - Radio New Zealand

Computer systems serving Auckland and Northland’s public hospitals were within four minutes of failing, according to an internal health board report. This followed a power cut at Middlemore Hospital just after lunch on an unspecified date in September last year, said a hospital advisory committee report of March 2018 released under the Official Information Act to RNZ. “Power went out … causing the hospital to go dark. Backup generators subsequently failed to come online.” The hospital’s back-up battery system, called an …

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ACC advisors go on strike

17 July 2018 ASMS

Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) medical advisors are taking strike action for four hours today from 8am over their stalled employment agreement negotiations. Lloyd Woods, a senior industrial officer at the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS), which represents most of the medical advisors employed by ACC, said the 39 medical advisors poised to walk off the job have “had a gutsful of their employer’s cavalier approach to their pay, conditions and well-being.” “It’s only the second time ever that we …

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