Monday briefs

Your weekly health news round-up from a variety of trusted sources

Rates of dementia on the rise

A new report published in the Lancet Neurology finds rates of dementia worldwide have nearly doubled since 1990. Alzheimers NZ urges the Government to take immediate action to address the significant challenges New Zealanders with dementia face. Read more

Syphilis outbreak in Auckland region

The Auckland Regional Public Health Service has issued a statement concerning an outbreak of syphilis in Auckland. Syphilis is a bacterial infection transmitted by intimate sexual contact including oral, vaginal or anal sex. Many people do not get any obvious symptoms but are still at risk of damage to their internal organs. For more information and to understand if you’re at risk, visit The New Zealand Sexual Health Society website

New report on mental health and addiction released

The Minister of Health has released the Mental Health and Addictions Inquiry’s report, He Ara Oranga. The purpose of the inquiry was to hear from people with lived experience of mental illness, report on ways to prevent mental health and addiction problems and recommend changes to help improve mental health services in New Zealand. Read the full report

Rolling strike action by midwives

Midwives around the country finished their fortnight of rolling strike action last week after rejecting the 20 DHBs offer over safe staffing concerns. Read more

Wellington GPs set to strike

Twenty-one GPs in five Wellington practices have voted for rolling strike action in December. Read more

Cheaper GP visits on the way

Many children and community service cardholders will benefit from cheaper doctor’s fees from 1 December. Read more.