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Help us track the flu

The Ministry of Health is pleased to bring the online FluTracking initiative to Aotearoa New Zealand for the second year, tracking the flu so we can help you. FluTrackers are emailed a questionnaire each week that takes less than 10 seconds to complete, asking whether they’ve had a cough or fever during the past week. […]

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Letter from Andrew Connolly – 18/01/2019

The Medical Council of New Zealand (Council) is required to protect public health and safety. Although Council does not see industrial disputes to be within its mandate, Council is concerned that ongoing industrial action may negatively impact public health and safety. Therefore, it is timely for me as the Chair of Council to express concern […]

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Handover

Handover

Handover is a crucial part of patient care to ensure continuity and to provide the best possible and safe care to patients. However, as times change and service demands increase, it is easy for this process to become rushed or to lose sight of who should be involved. NZRDA led a significant piece of work […]

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The case of Dr Bawa-Garba

The case of Dr Bawa-Garba

On 28 January 2018 the English High Court released its decision to de-register Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba, a paediatric trainee, who had been convicted of manslaughter by gross negligence. The decision has shaken the UK medical profession. Although we operate under different legal parameters and clinical settings in New Zealand, this decision should nonetheless serve as a wake-up call to NZ resident doctors.

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Curriculum Framework

Curriculum Framework

MCNZ introduced the new prevocational curriculum framework (CF) for 1st and 2nd year house officers in March 2014. This came after quite a period of gestation, which started in 2008.  The original intentions were: To make it clear that the CF is an achievable minimum list of skills and competencies. To implement a high trust […]