Tagged: government

Standardised packaging: A new era in reducing tobacco marketing in NZ - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Mar 14, 2018

Janet Hoek, Philip Gendall, Richard Edwards, Shayne Nahu, Nick Wilson From today, all tobacco products in New Zealand will start appearing in standardised, or plain, packages. In this blog, we discuss the importance of developing an on-going monitoring and evaluation plan around this intervention. We also explain why communications with smokers – whether on-pack or mass media – must be … Read More

The Big Debate: Reasons for the legalisation of Euthanasia - Guest Work

Jean Balchin Mar 09, 2018

In Tuesday’s post, we looked at the history of euthanasia legislation in New Zealand, and compared it with that of Canada and the Netherlands. Let us now examine the various reasons for the legalisation of euthanasia in New Zealand. (Before you ask, yes, we’ll be examining reasons against the legalisation of euthanasia, and issues with the End of Life Choices Bill in the next … Read More

Sweet Relief: Eric Crampton on the Sugar Tax - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Mar 08, 2018

For the past several years, public health lobbyists have pretended that all opposition to sugar taxes is ideologically motivated or dishonest. They have argued that the only thing stopping the government from implementing their beneficent proposals has been the actions of nefarious interest groups. And so it is interesting to read what the Ministry of Health’s officials actually thought about … Read More

New Rules for Pharmacists - Honest Universe

Mark Hanna Mar 07, 2018

The Pharmacy Council has (finally) published their new Code of Ethics 2018. I’ve written several times on the ongoing saga of the Pharmacy Council’s Code of Ethics. In late 2014 we put together a complaint at the Society for Science Based Healthcare arguing that their Code of Ethics 2011 had been violated by … Read More

Why New Zealand should not explore for more natural gas reserves - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 28, 2018

Ralph Sims, Massey University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. New Zealand’s new coalition government has committed to introducing zero-carbon legislation that would set the country on a course to be carbon neutral by 2050. At the same time, it is not ruling out new permits for coal … Read More

Opinion: A Case For Euthanasia - Guest Work

Jean Balchin Feb 28, 2018

A recent Newshub Reid Research poll has revealed that the vast majority of New Zealanders support euthanasia. Written by Act New Zealand MP David Seymour, the End of Life Choices Bill has 71% of the country’s support, with 19.5% against it and 9.5% unsure.  Under said Bill, a person wishing to end their own life must meet all … Read More

What is ‘right to try,’ and could it help? - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 13, 2018

Morten Wendelbo, Texas A&M University and Timothy Callaghan, Texas A&M University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. After a year in which President Donald Trump devoted much of his health policy attention to the repeal and replace of the Affordable Care Act, Trump used part of his … Read More

Preventing falls can be very cost-effective in NZ - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Feb 06, 2018

Prof Nick Wilson, Dr Giorgi Kvizhinadze, Dr Linda Cobiac, Prof Tony Blakely We have just published a modelling study on exercise programmes in NZ to prevent falls in older people. This work suggests that this approach (home-based or group-based exercise) is good value for money for the NZ Government. In this blog we consider these results alongside other fall prevention … Read More

Yet another fluoride-IQ study - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jan 31, 2018

As with most of these fluoride-IQ studies this one is only relevant to areas of endemic fluorosis (This is from a UNESCO paper and has been corrected for New Zealand. Identification of fluorosis in a country does not imply the whole country is high fluoride). Yes, it’s a bit like groundhog day. Another fluoride-IQ study – and we expect this to … Read More

Land use regulations matter - The Dismal Science

Michael Reddell Jan 25, 2018

Most local councils don’t employ economists –  or at least not ones we hear of.  The Auckland Council does have an economics unit, and the previous incumbent did some interesting and stimulating work. But yesterday on interest.co.nz there appeared an article by two of the Auckland Council’s economists which argued, so the headline proclaimed, that “evidence from across NZ … Read More