Older Kiwis in better health – but cost still a barrier for many

A Commonwealth Fund survey found older New Zealanders are in better health than older adults in the ten other countries surveyed, but a relatively high percentage of older Kiwis still face cost-related barriers to healthcare services.

Rest homes fear closure following pay equity settlement

Residential aged care providers are feeling “horror and disgust” as they learn that the Government’s pay equity funding won’t cover their costs, leaving many facilities with no choice but to consider redundancies and closure.

End of Life Choice Bill drawn from ballot

The controversial End of Life Choice Bill has been drawn from Parliament’s ballot. It is expected to provoke much debate on a topic that has many strong advocates and opponents. JUDE BARBACK reports.

Review of disabled people-led monitoring initiative welcomed

Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner is welcoming a review of the disabled people-led monitoring initiative.

Former paralympian appointed Disability Rights Commissioner

Disability advocate and former paralympian Paula Tesoriero has been appointed as the Human Rights Commission’s next Disability Rights Commissioner, Associate Justice Minister Mark Mitchell announced today.

‘Gordy’ MacLeod: New Ryman chief taking over $4.2b business

The new Ryman Healthcare chief executive Gordon MacLeod is a heavy rock concert enthusiast, Holden HSV fanatic, kilt wearer, whisky connoisseur, proud Cantabrian and the head of New Zealand's biggest listed retirement business.

Let’s snoop around… Whare Aroha Home and Hospital

My decision to select Whare Aroha for this issue’s ‘snoop around’ could possibly be seen as a lazy choice, given that it is a mere five minutes’ walk from the Rotorua Energy Events Centre, the venue for this year’s NZACA conference.

Breaking news: Rest homes overfunded by $34m while others face closure

A leaked Ministry of Health document reveals pay equity funding will see some rest homes overfunded by millions while others face closure. By JUDE BARBACK.

Clients feel impact of carers’ changing employment conditions

Home support clients are noticing the pressures on their caregivers. Is it due to pay equity, the implementation of guaranteed hours, changes to travel time or funders' expectations? The answer could be 'all of the above' suggests JUDE BARBACK.

Class action proposed against Ministry for illegally deducting overseas pensions

The New Zealand Seniors Party is proposing class action against the Ministry of Social Development, claiming the Ministry is illegally deducting pensions from Kiwis who have worked overseas and immigrants relocating to New Zealand in their later years.


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