Tagged: healthcare

Australia 2030 – CSIRO’s scenarios - Ariadne

Robert Hickson May 30, 2016

Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has a futures group. They’ve just released a report called Australia 2030: navigating our uncertain future.  There are some nice aspects to the report, and it is good to see rigorous futures techniques being applied in our hemisphere. But, overall, I was underwhelmed. The report is based around four scenarios: Digital … Read More

A spoonful of perception intervention helps the medicine go down - Infrequently Asked Questions

Lynley Hargreaves Nov 25, 2015

Two people have heart attacks. Who gets back to work sooner? The one who thinks their illness will be short, even if their symptoms were worse, according to research in the rapidly expanding area of patient illness perception. But the main reason for this, explains new Royal Society of New Zealand Fellow and Mason Durie Medal recipient, Professor … Read More

Maori cancer divide highlighted in global study - News

Guest Author Oct 15, 2015

by Hunter Calder Cancer Researchers have found Māori in New Zealand have a higher chance of getting preventable cancerous diseases such as lung or cervical cancer than their non-indigenous peers. And they are also suffering higher cancer rates than indigenous people in other countries, where rates are similar to or lower than to those in non indigenous populations. Māori women were among the largest group … Read More

Living longer, living healthier? Life expectancy in New Zealand - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Aug 31, 2015

Professor Tony Blakely and Professor Alistair Woodward In this blog we review the latest update by the Ministry of Health on how much of NZers life expectancy can be expected to be in good health. The good news? We are both living longer, and living longer in good health. The bad news? According to this report, the percentage of … Read More

Hearing healthcare in NZ’s future - News

Erica Mather Aug 11, 2015

It has been well established that New Zealand’s population is aging. Studies have been conducted to assess the impact of the increasing incidence of chronic illnesses on healthcare services, but the burden of hearing loss has been overlooked. A greater proportion of the New Zealand’s population is living longer, meaning that centrally-funded health and social resources are being put … Read More

Monday Micro II – lockdowns, manslaughter and murder - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Sep 22, 2014

The Ebola outbreak in west Africa continues. According to the CDC’s website, as of the 14th September the number of reported cases was up to 5,347 including 2,630 deaths. The virus is now in five countries. Here’s the latest: Guinea (942 cases/601 deaths) A team of health care workers, journalists and local officials have been reported … Read More

New group challenging the anti-science brigade - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jun 29, 2014

Here’s a recent press release from a new group, The Society for Science Based Healthcare, which is having some successes in challenging anti-scientific advertising. Controversial Church Caught Red Handed The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) upheld three complaints from the newly formed Society for Science Based Healthcare today regarding misleading health claims. The Universal Church of the … … Continue reading … Read More

Health spending for young and old - The Dismal Science

Bill Kaye-Blake Nov 28, 2013

It was good to see the report of the Health Committee on improving child health outcomes. Dr Paul Hutchison, who heads the committee, was doing the media rounds to promote the idea that spending on children’s healthcare is a good investment: The committee published its report last week on improving health outcomes and preventing child […] … Read More

A challenge to our leaders — why don’t we legalise euthanasia? - Guest Work

Guest Author Dec 05, 2011

By Richard Denniss, Crawford School at Australian National University We can choose so many of our life experiences, but it seems we can have no say in whether we die in pain or at peace. Today we consider why we don’t have a policy on physician-assisted suicide. It’s often said that the only certain … Read More