Legislation now entering parliament aims to make Aotearoa New Zealand smokefree by 2025. Forecast effects show huge potential health gains, especially for Māori.
Hospitals are struggling, with ambulances ramping outside emergency departments and patients facing long waits for care. But doing more of the same won’t fix the problem.
What do disadvantaged communities need to weather long COVID? Ask them.
The rate of very high psychological distress is rising most steeply in the middle aged, especially in middle-aged women on low incomes. New funding should match this need.
Only a fraction of aged care homes currently have staffing levels above the new minimum ratios that will be mandatory from next year.
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Primary care and COVID will be the top two challenges for new government. But the likely ministers have strong credentials.
But are the major parties really focusing on the right issues?
Labor’s election pledge for Medicare includes some additional funding, but to strengthen the system, it needs to improve people’s access to doctors.
There are solutions to long surgery wait lists and workforce shortages, if the major parties had the bravery to commit to reform.
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While states are responsible for running hospitals, the federal government shares responsibility for paying for them. But it’s an uneasy relationship.
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Medicare has been mentioned a lot this election campaign. But what have the major parties actually promised? Five experts grade their policies.
Health-care costs are continuing to rise faster than wages, so many Australian families are finding it increasingly difficult to keep up.
Labor has announced it would introduce urgent care centres to take the pressure off emergency departments if it were elected. Would they work?
Aged care reform remains unfinished business for Labor. It made a start this week but more needs to come.
COVID guidelines have changed a lot over the past few years as the pandemic has ebbed and flowed.
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The constantly changing COVID-19 rules can be frustrating. But this pandemic is like no other public health crisis in history. It is better to think of the virus and US responses the way we think about hurricanes.
How we design our cities can make it harder to be healthy. City planners are now able to quantify the different elements that are affecting our health and well-being.
Overall, health fared poorly in this year’s budget.
Even minor reductions in COVID transmission rates due to early isolation would justify the additional costs associated with the policy.
The deaths of huge numbers of the elderly in our care homes due to COVID-19 made clear the need to integrate our health and social care services. Here’s what needs to be done.
A young girl receives a COVID-19 vaccine during the second day of vaccination for children aged five to 11 years old in Montréal in November 2021.
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Conversations and debates about vaccine mandates will continue well into next year as policy-makers balance individual freedom and public well-being.