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December 2016

This month we discuss the rights of employers to speak with media; take a look back on the Safer Hours campaign so far; summarise our recent Clinical Governance Conference and introduce you to one of your delegates.

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September 2016

This month we debrief the health quality and safety commission workshop, explore your entitlements and duties concerning sick leave, and introduce you to one of your delegates.

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June 2016

RECENT EVENTS: Auckland DHB to discuss DCCM roster, Prevocational Review Group of MCNZ, Ministry of Health representatives to discuss healthy eating, Member meetings recently taking place across New Zealand, RDA t-shirts.

This issue is about Food for thought – MOH healthy eating campaign, NZRDA Education Trust, HQSC clinical leadership workshop, Meet your delegates.

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May 2016

RECENT EVENTS: NREG, NZRDA Education Trust Meeting, Ministry of Health Symposium on Health Technology, National Executive Meeting, MECA Bargaining, Press Release) about the SDHB’s Change in Meal Provider.

This issue is about Delegate Training 2016, Meet your delegates, Conference leave entitlements for senior regs, Participants wanted for sports medicine study.

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February 2016

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Annual General Meeting, MECA Bargaining, Website.

This issue is about Meet your delegates, Reimbursement of training costs, Reimbursement of training costs, The right to strike in NZ.

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December 2015

This year’s influenza season, officially declared over in September, was roughly on par with that in 2012. Despite this winter being far from the pandemic we experienced in 2009 its impact was worse than both the 2013 and 2014 flu seasons. The Canterbury region was the worst hit reaching epidemic levels of people needing medical consultation especially during August. Influenza claimed the lives of 5 New Zealanders this year.

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November 2015

THE FLU VACCINATION AND MANDATORY MASK WEARING This winter flu rates reached epidemic levels across New Zealand and during this period the DHBs approached all of you to get vaccinated. Most of you will now be aware that Waikato DHB chose to enforce mandatory mask wearing amongst its non-vaccinated staff. A handful of employees were […]

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August 2015

THE BULLYING CULTURE OF RESIDENT DOCTORS Recently, an article called “Let’s stop the bullying of trainee doctors – for patients’ sake” summarised an Australian’s ABC television expose “At Their Mercy: The bullying and bastardisation of young doctors in our hospitals” which aired in Australia on the 25th of May. The controversial comments made earlier this […]

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May 2015

The Public Release of (Your) Medical Performance Data… Should the medical profession be more open about a doctor’s track record? An issue which has received recent media attention is whether a doctor’s record should be made available to the New Zealand public in order to achieve greater transparency. The MCNZ is currently encouraging those with […]

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April 2015

Influenza Immunisation Survey Results In Issue 22 of the RDA NEWS we included a piece called ‘Tis the Flu season’ which discussed the seriousness of influenza and the importance of immunisation amongst doctors and other healthcare workers. Winter is fast approaching and shortly the DHBs will be seeking to get staff immunised! A survey was […]