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Southern district well-placed to bounce back from midwife shortage

5th September, 2022

The Southern district is one of the few districts well-placed to bounce back from its midwife shortage, MERAS Co-Leader Caroline Conroy told Stuff reporter Louisa Steyl in an article published on 2 September 2022. But things…

Midwives Welcome Increase In Paid Parental Leave Payments

20th June, 2022

Midwives are celebrating the $40 a week increase in Paid Parental leave entitlements from 1 July as they see daily, new parents struggling to meet rising costs. From Friday 1 July, the maximum weekly rate…

Midwifery sector in downward spiral

8th June, 2022

New Zealand is hundreds of midwives short and there are concerns a new healthcare recruitment drive in New South Wales could make the staff shortage problem worse. On Sunday, New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet…

St George’s Midwives Relieved By Decision to Continue The Maternity Service

31st May, 2022

St George’s Hospital midwives breathed a collective sigh of relief after today’s announcement that the maternity service is to continue at least until the new central city primary maternity unit opens in the middle of…

Jill Ovens speaks to Magic Talk about the risks of an Omicron outbreak

9th February, 2022

MERAS Co-Leader Jill Ovens spoke to Magic Talk on 8 February about the risks posed by an Omicron outbreak to our health service. You can listen to the interview below (approx 7 minutes long) https://meras.midwife.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2022/02/Jill-Ovens-on-Magic-Talk-8-Feb-2022_Omicron-threat.m4a

Concerns Omicron will overwhelm hospitals as staff get sick – Jill Ovens speaks to Radio New Zealand

8th February, 2022

On 7 February MERAS Co-Leader Jill ovens told Radio New Zealand an already stressed health system could become overwhelmed when border restrictions are lifted. “It’s worrying that a number of sports bodies, businesses and particularly…

Media Release: Health Sector Staffing Shortages Concern With Border Restrictions Loosening

4th February, 2022

An already stressed health system is at real risk of becoming overwhelmed. That from the employed midwives’ union, MERAS, after the Government yesterday announced a timeline to lift border restrictions. MERAS co-leader, Jill Ovens, says…

Hospital Midwives Settle With DHBs

17th September, 2021

Hospital midwives who are members of the Midwifery Employee Representation and Advisory Services (MERAS), have settled their Multi-Employer Collective Agreement (MECA) with the country’s DHBs. The MECA expired on 31 January this year and MERAS…

MERAS Annual General Meeting 8 September

23rd August, 2021

The MERAS AGM will be held from 7pm to 8.30pm on Wednesday, 8 September, by Zoom. All MERAS members are invited to attend and have been provided a link to the meeting via email on 21…