Health

Life through a lens

A Queenstown photographer has a plan for "paying it forward" to help out families like her own. Mandy Keep's elder son Max, eight, was diagnosed with Williams Syndrome at 15 months. The rare genetic condition causes heart defects, developmental delays and...

Fresh start for doctor

"Here you have earthquake drills, over there you have shooting drills." Rising gun violence, coupled with a massive workload, prompted Queenstown's newest doctor to pack his bags and move his family from Florida to the resort. Honduran-born Dr Carlos Fuentes made...

Air ambulance bid

A Queenstown couple is raising money to transform an old chopper into an air ambulance for vulnerable Pacific Islanders. Volunteers Dr Derek Allen and midwife Diana Watson, who run the non-governmental organisation TroppoDoc, returned to work in Vanuatu last week...
A former Southland high country farmer who's remained creative despite the onset of Alzheimer's is about to launch a collection of his poetry. Des O'Brien, 82, only began to put pen to paper a decade ago, after attending summer courses...

Resort lags on bowel curve

Too many Queenstowners aren't taking free bowel cancer screening tests. The tests are free for those aged 60 to 74 who are eligible for public healthcare. However Queenstown-Lakes has the lowest response rate out of all Southern District Health Board areas. Only...
A new therapy programme aiming to bring people living with dementia together is launching in Queenstown next month. Alzheimers Otago will offer the cognitive stimulation therapy (CST) programme to people living in the district who have mild cognitive impairment, early...
Harry Finch is a happy, determined three-year-old, with a cheeky smile and big brown eyes. But, unlike his identical twin, Ollie, he's never walked un-assisted. Their parents, ex-Queenstowners Bex (nee Harrex) and Hayden Finch, hope to raise $150,000 to get Harry...

So you’re Brad Pitt…

A former Queenstowner has named her rare form of breast cancer after Brad Pitt – and her old employer is fundraising for the charities helping her to beat it. Rebecca van Dijk, aka Bexie Bubbles, was renowned as a "bit...
Queenstown urgently needs a better formula for funding healthcare due to its "rapidly changing population". That's the view of district councillor and health advocate John MacDonald. Health Minister David Clark said he intends for a review of the population-based formula used...
The number of people seeking help for addictions in Queenstown has doubled in two years. And health bosses admit resources in the resort aren't good enough. Southern District Health Board figures show 136 people accessed its addiction assessment and treatment service...
Work on an extension and revamp of Queenstown's "substandard'' Lakes District Hospital will start next year. While details remain sparse, Southern District Health Board deputy commissioner Richard Thomson confirms the price-tag is "definitely north of $5million". Speaking at a Grey Power...
A Queenstown vet treated a well-known human during a recent mid-air medical scare. Broadcaster Jason Gunn was flying back to Christchurch from his Queenstown holiday home when he passed out after overdosing on medication. Locally-based Ngaire Dixon was returning to Christchurch,...
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