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Mental Health and Addictions Inquiry announced

Posted: 23.01.2018
The Government has announced the details of the Inquiry into Mental Health and Addictions.

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Nationwide bowel screening roll-out extended

Posted: 16.01.2018
The timetable for the roll-out of the National Bowel Screening Programme (NBSP) has been revised to enable more time to develop the National Screening Solution (NSS) technology required to run it.

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Auckland mumps outbreak remains localised

Posted: 21.12.2017
The Ministry of Health is working closely with Auckland’s three metropolitan DHBs to address the rise in reported cases of mumps in the region to ensure it remains largely contained to Auckland.

There’s been a rapid rise in the reported cases of mumps in the region since September, and during this time, the Ministry has been providing support to those DHBs to manage the local outbreak.

Since 1 September, 85% of all reported cases have been in the Auckland area.

Not only will the Ministry continue to offer its full support to Auckland’s DHBs, it will also be working with other DHBs to put a stronger focus on their actions to ensure that the outbreak remains largely localised to Auckland.

The Ministry will continue to work with the Auckland metropolitan DHBs providing additional support to assist them in their local vaccination campaigns, following on from the promotion and logistical support provided over recent months.

The Ministry is now also looking beyond Auckland to ensure other DHBs around the country are taking steps to minimise the spread and contain the outbreak to Auckland.

Taking these precautionary actions now is especially important at this time of year as people travel to and from the region for the festive period.

It’s important for other DHBs to implement control measures including monitoring, surveillance, reporting cases, contact tracing of cases and vaccination of at-risk populations in these contacts.

We’re asking GPs around the country to check the status of their patient’s vaccinations and offer them extra immunisation if needed.

MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine is free to everyone born from 1 January 1969.

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Update on the transformation of the disability support system

Posted: 20.12.2017
Photo of Sacha O'Dea with some of the people working on the transformation. The System Transformation team has had a busy year engaging stakeholders across the disability sector to design both the high level and detailed aspects of the new disability support system.

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Migrating from READ codes to SNOMED CT for better information in primary care

Posted: 20.12.2017
SNOMED replaces the now-outdated READ code system used in New Zealand since the 1990s to capture information in medical records, injury claims and medical certificates.

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Director-General statement on drinking-water

Posted: 20.12.2017
The Director-General of Health has today issued a formal statement reminding water suppliers of their statutory responsibilities set out in the Health Act 1956.

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Bill on medicinal cannabis introduced

Posted: 18.12.2017
The Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Bill has been tabled in Parliament.

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New Zealand Health Survey results published using new interactive tool

Posted: 11.12.2017
Screenshot of the data explorer. The Ministry of Health has today published key results of the 2016/17 New Zealand Health Survey using a new interactive tool, the Annual Data Explorer. These results complement the Tier 1 statistics published on 16 November 2017.

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Director of Mental Health’s Annual Report for 2016 released

Posted: 11.12.2017
The report, covering the 2016 year, records the work of the Office of the Director of Mental Health and reports on some of the activities of the Office’s legally assigned officers. It forms part of the Office’s accountability to the sector and provides information indicative of the quality of New Zealand’s mental health services.

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Medsafe introduces surgical mesh restrictions

Posted: 11.12.2017
Medsafe has already contacted suppliers in New Zealand and most of them have already indicated by early next year that they will be taking the same steps here to limit supply, as they are in Australia.

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