When the Health and Safety at Work Act (HASWA) came into force two years ago there were misgivings and nervousness in the rural sector.
It was a headline that should remind all of us about the risks of asking our staff or ourselves to work very long hours.
WorkSafe is warning employers that fatigue from long hours of work must not compromise worker safety.
Many rural nurses hold “incredible frustration” at the lack of support to move forward to become nursing practitioners says Sue Adams, a senior lecturer at Massey University’s School of Nursing.
The Herlihy family’s 24-hour charity Shearathon, raising money for mental health and suicide prevention in the shearing industry, could become an annual fixture following the success of the recent North Canterbury event.
Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) believes centralisation has left gaps in health services for rural areas which need to be addressed.
With 62,000 New Zealanders living and working rurally, their communities are the backbone of the economy, but they are poorly supported healthwise.
Rural New Zealanders’ lives are at risk every day because of poor cellphone and internet connectivity and inequitable health services.
Last month marked the one year anniversary since the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 was enacted.