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“The earlier the better” – dementia expert’s call for timely diagnosis

Psychiatrist of Old Age, Dr Matthew Croucher is visiting South Island District Health Boards this year to discuss ways to improve local dementia services.

Backing passion with on-the-job training

The desire to give top quality care motivated Bronwyn Pickery to pursue a career as a healthcare assistant supported by on-the-job training.

Managing a predictable phenomenon: challenges of NZ’s ageing workforce

A new white paper on the ageing workforce calls for a national strategy and the development of an ageing workforce tool-kit.

Demystifying the d-word: the need for death education in New Zealand schools

While attitudes are slowly changing, the subject of death is still cloaked in stigma and taboo. JUDE BARBACK examines calls to educate children about death, dying and ageing.

Death: the symptoms of dying

How much do many of us actually know about the act of dying? FIONA CASSIE talks to palliative care specialist Brian Ensor about the symptoms of dying.

Going Dutch: what the Netherlands healthcare study group learned

JUDE BARBACK talks to several attendees of the recent Healthcare Study Tour to the Netherlands about the highlights of their trip.

“Napoleon in a mental hospital”: Generations project aims to reduce social isolation among older...

Last week saw the release of a report compiled by the social innovation project ‘Generations’, which aims to find solutions to an issue that looms large for an ever-expanding demographic – the social isolation and feeling of invisibility experienced by so many older New Zealanders.

Access to aged care is a DHB lottery

New research released today proves that postcode healthcare is a reality for older Kiwis, due to the inconsistent approaches to residential aged care by District Health Boards.

Litany of problems or isolated incidents? – Providers react to Herald investigation

Residential aged care providers say the Herald's investigation has latched onto isolated incidents and extrapolated them across the whole industry. Meanwhile providers are constantly striving to improve in the face of insufficient funding. By Sara Carbery.

Home support sector (still) needs solutions

A new report brings fresh calls for a nationally consistent approach to home and community support services. JUDE BARBACK questions whether action is really coming for this sector.
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