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Council says doctors need package deal of clinical and communication skills

Council says doctors need package deal of clinical and communication skills
Thursday 29 June 2017, 10:13AM

Unacceptable view of what makes a doctor, Medical Council says of veteran GP and medical editor Ian St George’s Rotorua conference anecdote

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Newborn enrolment bill to prevent GPs turning babies away

Thursday 29 June 2017, 3:11PM

Parliament is today debating a bill to get more newborns enrolled with GPs in a six week time frame, but the Opposition has labelled it “toothless”


Ministry of Health wants to talk turkey?

Thursday 29 June 2017, 2:10PM

The Ministry of Health wants to talk about primary healthcare


NZ tech firm to test drone-delivery of meds to remote Northland community

Thursday 29 June 2017, 10:40AM

A trial will be conducted in a newly established restricted airspace for testing drones, which is spread over 874sq km in the Hokianga region


Call for help for providers struggling with new pay structure for aged care

Wednesday 28 June 2017, 4:23PM

The Aged Care Association is worried too little time has been given to providers to adjust to a new pay regimen for its workers, forcing some to close



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An approach to allergy testing: Using the laboratory wisely and well

An approach to allergy testing: Using the laboratory wisely and wellWednesday 28 June 2017, 2:13PM

The responsibility for managing many allergic diseases falls to primary care, and a constrained availability of specialist support and alergy testing means general practice should take every opportunity to upskill within this field

Fever pitch: The road ahead for rheumatic fever

Thursday 08 June 2017, 4:02PM

Five years of effort and money have been put into cutting the high rates of rheumatic fever in New Zealand, but the sector has fallen well short of reaching the targets set. Fiona Thomas takes a look at how we arrived at this point and what’s ahead

Taste of country life: A privilege to learn the ropes in rural NZ

Monday 29 May 2017, 2:50PM

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Private sector management lessons hard to apply in general practice

Private sector management lessons hard to apply in general practiceWednesday 28 June 2017, 2:38PM

Waitemata is the largest DHB by population in New Zealand and its general practices service a diverse range of communities. New Zealand Doctor reporter Aaron van Delden spent two days on the road visiting a range of practices. Here he pops in on Kaipara Medical Centre

Christchurch after-hours battle a little like David and Goliath: Seers

Thursday 08 June 2017, 4:21PM

GP Martin Seers is finding establishing an alternative after-hours service in Christchurch is like David facing up to Goliath

Kiwi firm sparked from Oxford thesis grows in real-world radiology rooms

Monday 29 May 2017, 2:41PM

Mathematician and engineering science expert Ralph Highnam built a company around the idea that women will want and need a reliable measure of the density of their breasts


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Harbour-facing deck secret weapon as merger moves to completion

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GP Emma Dunning has a secret weapon to help smooth the potentially rough waters as two practices become one

City-based specialist training the stumbling block for supply of more rural doctors

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Richard Murray is president of Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand. An Australian doctor, he suggests New Zealand should learn from Australia’s mixed success in producing doctors for regional and rural areas


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