Posts Tagged ‘Healthcare’

Taxpayers should be free to choose to pay for abortions

Monday, May 29th, 2023

If women are free to choose whether to have an abortion, taxpayers should be free to choose if they contribute taxes to fund their choice. In a recent statement, the pro-life advocacy group Right to Life argues that while taxpayers have a moral obligation to contribute their taxes, they should not be obligated to fund Read more

Let nature take its course says Tony Abbott

Thursday, September 3rd, 2020
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The economic cost of lockdowns means families should be allowed to let elderly relatives with COVID die by letting nature take its course. The comments come from staunch Catholic and former Australian Liberal Party Prime Minister, Tony Abbott. Abbott claims COVID is costing as much as A$200,000 (~NZ $220,000) to give an elderly person an Read more

Medicinal cannabis products available without proof of safety

Monday, August 19th, 2019

Cannabis-based products will be allowed to bypass usual processes required for medicines in New Zealand and go directly onto the market without any proof of safety or effectiveness. This unprecedented proposal is contained in the government’s consultation document on giving greater access to medicinal cannabis. Read more 

Innovative Kaitaia healthcare business in line for two awards.

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Navilluso Medical, a healthcare company is a finalist in the Callaghan Innovation Māori Innovation Award and in the Kiwibank Hi-Tech Innovative Services Award. The company was established by Kaitaia GP, Dr Lance O’Sullivan and his wife Tracy O’Sullivan Both nominations are due in large part to iMOKO™, a healthcare software program which utilises technology to deliver high Read more

Vatican’s updated charter for healthcare workers published

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

The Vatican’s updated charter for healthcare workers has been published. It provides a clear set of guidelines to modern ethical concerns such as euthanasia and the creation of human-animal chimeras. Read more

Healthcare is not a business as lives are at stake says Pope

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Healthcare is not a business as lives are at stake, Pope Francis says. He said in his view any public policy or private initiative regarding health care that does not make the dignity of the human person its central concern “engenders attitudes that can even lead to exploitation of the misfortune of others. And this Read more

Who gets priority? Pharmac asks

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Pharmac wants to know: Should young people be able to jump queues for costly drugs at the expense of older people who’ve already had a long life? Are poor people more deserving of help than rich people”? The proposals are among a raft of provocative questions being asked by Pharmac as it conducts a consultation Read more

Engineered bodies dehumanise healthcare

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Bodies are machines, says Associate Professor Geoff Shaw, an intensive care specialist in Christchurch. He’s passionate about bridging the gap between engineering and medicine, using that connection to help unravel the secrets of human machines. There’s truth in what he says about the human body, especially when viewed from the highly mechanized intensive care environment where Read more

Values are vital in humanizing healthcare reforms says Gerry Arbuckle

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

People, society and the healthcare systems themselves would benefit from a return to a values-based approach to healthcare argues New Zealand Marist, Gerald Arbuckle in his new book, “Humanizing Healthcare Reforms“. In his book Arbuckle argues that a values-based approach would change healthcare and systems and be a much better approach to healthcare than the Read more

Last Sister of Mercy retires from Hospital

Friday, November 18th, 2011

The last working Sister of Mercy at Mercy Hospital in Dunedin has retired from nursing.

Sr Chanel Hardiman, who is in her late 70s, was honoured at a farewell function at Marinoto House, in Dunedin, on Wednesday.

She entered the Sister of Mercy’s novice training in South Dunedin, aged 20, in 1953.

She told her guests much had changed during her career. Technology altered “everything”, in terms of equipment used and the job’s demands.


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