AgeWISE Seminar calls for abstracts opens and day dedicated to our Waikato providers a great day out save the date.  This bi-annual seminar is planned for Friday 13th October in the Distinction hotel and conference centre Te Rapa Hamilton.  A combination of invited key note speakers and abstract presenters and real showcase of our local services.

SmartHealth provides benefits for patients and staff

SmartHealth is the new name for Waikato DHB’s online healthcare service, previously known as the Virtual DHB. The name has changed, but the service is the same, delivering services more conveniently and efficiently for patients and healthcare professionals.

  • Work smarter and provide more options for patient care.
  • Refer your patients to a trusted, doctor-approved source of information.
  • Save travel time and reduce cancelled appointments.
  • Help people in rural and remote communities access primary healthcare services and increase equity in treatment.
  • Chat to other healthcare professionals.

Please sign up and encourage your patients to sign up too, it’s easy to do. SmartHealth is available to everyone covered by Waikato DHB services. If you’re over 16 years old you can sign up online at, or by visiting a Waikato DHB campus (Hamilton, Thames, Te Kuiti, Tokoroa and Taumarunui) with your photo ID.

There are different processes for signing up for people under 16 years old and those who lack the capacity* to manage their own account. Visit for more information.

*Lack of capacity for people over 18 years old refers to those with proof of appointment and activation of a personal care and welfare EPOA, Personal Order, or Welfare Guardianship Order in place.

Guidelines for Verifying Death: Medical practitioners, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, enrolled nurses, midwives, emergency medical technicians, paramedics and intensive care paramedics are allowed by the Chief Coroner to verify death (published in MoH website 4 August 2015).

The Right to die in New Zealand a summary of the law principles from Buddle Findlay New Zealand Lawyers.  The recent case preserved the status quo there is no legal support for assisted dying in New Zealand.