Enhanced air ambulance service for the South

Health Minister Dr David Clark has announced the third and final agreement in principle has been reached for new air ambulance services that will be safer, better and firmly focused on patients. The southern region agreement has now been signed with new provider Helicopter Emergency Medical Services New Zealand Limited (HEMS). This follows earlier announcements […]

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RiSC applications now open

Applications are now open for the 2019 Rural Inter-professional Simulation Course (RiSC), a University of Otago Rural Postgraduate Programme to be held at the Ashburton Simulation Centre, May 13-15 and October 21-23. RiSC is a course run by the University of Otago Rural Postgraduate Programme designed specifically for interprofessional rural hospital teams in New Zealand. […]

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Rural, Maori mental health stats grim

Being young, male, Māori and living in rural Northland could be a prescription for mental illness, according to recent statistics and commentary. (Otago Daily Times) Northland general practitioner and medical innovator Dr Lance O’Sullivan has spoken out about what he calls ”an epidemic of mental illness”, especially in rural areas. O’Sullivan did not refer to […]

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Mental Health Awareness Week – a time to connect and reflect

Health Minister David Clark says we must recognise the importance of New Zealanders connecting and reflecting with whānau, family and friends, ahead of Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW). “During Mental Health Awareness Week (8 – 14 October 2018), I’m emphasising how we can all recognise and support mental health. The Government is committed to improving […]

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Air ambulance changes

Air ambulance changes will strengthen service Health Minister Dr David Clark says a second agreement in principle for air ambulance services covering the North Island south of Auckland is a key part of an improved national service. The Ministry of Health and ACC are in the final stages of agreeing a four-year contract with an […]

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