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Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education agree joint approach to help prevent measles spreading

Posted: 16.10.2019
There have been more than 1800 cases of measles in New Zealand since the start of 2019 and most of these cases have been in unvaccinated people, or in those who do not know their vaccination status.

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Medsafe warns consumers not to consume coffee product marketed for weight loss

Posted: 11.10.2019
Medsafe has today published a privileged statement issued by the Director-General of Health under section 98 of the Medicines Act 1981.

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New suicide prevention director: ‘This effort needs all of us’

Posted: 10.10.2019
Work targeted at reducing New Zealand’s historically high suicide rates takes another step forward with the appointment of Carla na Nagara to lead the establishment of the Suicide Prevention Office.

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Ministry of Health working with Tū Ora Compass over cyber intrusion

Posted: 05.10.2019
The Ministry of Health has been working closely with Tū Ora Compass Health Primary Health Organisation (PHO) following confirmation of illegal cyber access to its computer system. 
Tū Ora notified the Ministry as soon as it became aware of unauthorised access in early August. Further investigation confirmed earlier illegal unauthorised access dating back to 2016.   

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Ministry of Health reminder about vaping

Posted: 27.09.2019
Concerns have been expressed by school teachers and professional bodies about young people vaping and the Ministry of Health would like to reiterate its advice about vaping.

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Canterbury DHB takes constructive first steps towards financial sustainability

Posted: 26.09.2019
Canterbury DHB is starting to implement its operational plan towards a sustainable financial pathway, with continued support from the Ministry of Health and the Crown-appointed Monitor.

There is momentum at Canterbury DHB to start making the changes needed to improve their financial sustainability, says Michelle Arrowsmith, Deputy Director General, DHB Performance, Support and Infrastructure.

‘We know Canterbury DHB has faced some unique health challenges, particularly the capital redevelopment needs following the earthquakes. Like all DHBs, Canterbury is also responding to increased demand and workforce issues.

‘The Ministry has continued to work closely with the DHB, with support from Crown Monitor Dr Lester Levy, to agree a sustainable financial path forward.

‘It’s important the DHB is prepared for the future so it can continue to deliver high quality services and equitable health outcomes for Cantabrians.

‘Given the size and nature of their deficit, this is the start of a longer term plan. It’s important the DHB builds on the current momentum to ensure they are well placed to deliver on the benefits of the new Christchurch Hospital Hagley, as well as future redevelopment work.’

Canterbury DHB Chair, Dr John Wood, says the DHB and the Ministry have made good progress to come to a mutual understanding of some of the unique issues facing Canterbury DHB. ‘We have certainly moved on in terms of collegiality and agreement on a pathway forward.

‘It’s widely acknowledged that the DHB’s financial situation is complex. The Board is focused on ensuring maximum value is achieved for every dollar spent and that costs are reduced as much as possible.

‘Internally we have set up five task forces which are charged with closely examining how and where our current health system resources are invested to ensure we are well placed to continue to provide the healthcare our population requires.

‘Teams are focusing on leave care; continuous quality improvement; revenue and resource optimisation; ensuring all of our current contracts are optimal; and that we are well set up with the right people in the right places to provide the right care to benefit the health and wellbeing of the people of our community.

‘The current Board have worked hard to reach the point where the focus is firmly on the future and the opportunities available to us.

‘I have valued the input Crown Monitor Dr Lester Levy has been able to provide. He has brought a fresh set of eyes on our financial situation, our performance and the establishment and progress of the task forces as we work towards achieving financial sustainability.’

In June, the Minister of Health appointed Dr Levy to assist and support the DHB to improve its financial performance. Canterbury DHB has a realistic and achievable plan to start addressing its deficit position, says Dr Levy.

‘In my role as Crown Monitor, I’ve been engaging closely with the Chair, Deputy Chair, Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee, the Chief Executive and the senior management team to support the DHB to develop specific areas of focus which I believe will soon start to make a real difference.

‘The DHB and the Ministry have been working more constructively together to strengthen the DHB’s operational plan, annual plan, as well as future planning. The DHB will be able to scale up the volume of this work in the near future.

‘I will continue to support Canterbury DHB and offer my advice as they progress a number of initiatives to deliver the financial sustainability changes needed.

‘I’ve been pleased to see the positive engagement and determination by the Board, Chief Executive and management team to deliver this work so the DHB is well placed to sustainably continue to deliver high quality services to its community.’

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Healthy Homes Initiative evaluation shows strong health benefits

Posted: 20.09.2019
Findings from an evaluation of the Healthy Homes Initiative, which was established to support low-income families with children to live in warm and dry homes, shows it has resulted in fewer medicines dispensed, fewer GP visits and fewer admissions to hospital for children referred.

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“Help us shape the future of cancer care” survey launched

Posted: 18.09.2019
Today, the Ministry of Health has launched the “Help us shape the future of cancer care” survey asking New Zealanders to share their experiences with cancer to directly shape cancer prevention and care for New Zealanders.

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Additional MMR Stock secured for New Zealand

Posted: 18.09.2019
The Ministry of Health and PHARMAC are pleased to confirm that, subject to final regulatory approval, an additional 100,000 doses of MMR vaccine have been secured for New Zealand.

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First steps towards establishing new Health Infrastructure Unit

Posted: 17.09.2019
The Ministry of Health is taking the first steps towards establishing its new Health Infrastructure Unit which will support and oversee the building of new clinical facilities in New Zealand. 

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