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Think FAST – know the signs of stroke

Posted: 20.07.2018
This year’s FAST stroke awareness campaign has started. It aims to make everyone aware of the symptoms of stroke and the need to call 111 immediately if it appears someone is having a stroke. 

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Ministry of Health statement on the investigation into MMR vaccine safety in Samoa

Posted: 12.07.2018

The New Zealand Ministry of Health expresses its condolences to the families of children who recently died in Samoa shortly after the administration of MMR vaccine. Samoan health authorities have launched an investigation into the deaths – until this is complete, it is too early to determine their underlying cause. The Ministry is working with health authorities in Samoa and other Pacific countries to provide assistance to the investigation, and support the delivery of safe and effective vaccination programmes throughout the Pacific.

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Ministry welcomes Counties Manukau to the National Bowel Screening Programme

Posted: 10.07.2018
Another 65,000 New Zealanders will have access to free bowel screening from today with Counties Manukau District Health Board joining the National Bowel Screening Programme (NBSP).

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FluTracking proves popular

Posted: 04.07.2018
The Ministry of Health’s online FluTracking initiative is boosting our understanding of influenza.

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Posthumous reproduction consultation launched

Posted: 03.07.2018
The Advisory Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology (ACART) has announced the release of a stage one consultation on policy options which could allow people to use fertility treatment in the event that one of their loved ones dies.

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Disabled people and their whānau are encouraged to apply for new positions within the transformed disability support system

Posted: 27.06.2018
As the launch of the new disability support system in MidCentral approaches, a big focus for the System Transformation team during June and July is recruitment for positions. There is a strong focus on encouraging people who have lived experience as disabled people and whānau to apply for roles.

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Ministry contracts for design phase of National Bowel Screening Programme IT system

Posted: 22.06.2018
The Ministry of Health has contracted Deloitte for the initial planning and design phase of the new National Bowel Screening Programme IT system, referred to as the National Screening Solution (NSS). The work is expected to be completed in late July.

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Ministry response to the PIF review released

Posted: 22.06.2018
In late 2017 the State Services Commission (SSC) published the Performance Improvement Framework (PIF) Review of the Ministry of Health.

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Introducing Ashley Bloomfield

Posted: 13.06.2018
Dr Bloomfield has been Interim Chief Executive for Capital & Coast District Health Board since January this year, on secondment from Hutt Valley District Health Board where he has been Chief Executive since late 2015.

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Clinical Chief Advisor for primary health care

Posted: 07.06.2018
Chief Medical Officer Dr Andrew Simpson is pleased to announce the appointment of the Ministry of Health’s new Clinical Chief Advisor with a focus on primary health care.

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