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Call for clinicians to share ‘disruptive’ ideas

Posted: 24.03.2017
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman is calling on clinicians to share their ideas on how technology can transform patient care.

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2017 Minister of Health Volunteer Awards

Posted: 22.03.2017
The Minister of Health Volunteer Awards are an opportunity to recognise the thousands of unsung heroes who support New Zealand's health and disability system.

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Statement: Primodos

Posted: 20.03.2017
The Ministry of Health and Medsafe are aware of public interest around the product Primodos.

Any indications that a medicine may have caused serious adverse effects are treated extremely seriously by both the Ministry of Health and Medsafe. 

As the current reports relate to a period more than 50 years ago, the Ministry has been urgently working through its archival files to establish the specifics of use for Primodos in this country. 

Today, we have established that 

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Advisory Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology (ACART) inaugural symposium

Posted: 16.02.2017
The Advisory Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology (ACART) held its inaugural symposium on Friday, 10 February 2017, in Wellington, New Zealand. Associate Minister of Health Peter Dunne, to whom ACART provides independent advice, opened the symposium.

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Oral contraception recommendation made

Posted: 10.01.2017
The Medicines Classification Committee (MCC) has recommended that the classification of selected oral contraceptives is changed to allow supply by pharmacists in certain circumstances. 

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Additional funding for eye health care service improvement

Posted: 22.12.2016
The Ministry of Health says work is ongoing to improve the delivery of ophthalmology services available across New Zealand.

"Recent discussions between the Ministry of Health and DHBs identified variability in terms of processes, systems and planning to support appropriate access to services. It also illustrated varying models of the care and workforce used to support eye health for New Zealanders," says Jill Lane, Director Service Commissioning.

"Given this variability, it's important for the Ministry to work closely during 2017 with any DHBs which may have a backlog of ophthalmology patients and discuss what plans they're implementing to address these.  

"The Ministry wrote to DHBs this week reinforcing support for improving capacity and demand management and that collaboration will be ongoing.

"In the short term, the Ministry's support will include making available a contribution of up to $2 million nationally during 2016/17 to assist DHBs to develop, implement or improve care models to best support their district’s eye health."

The Ministry of Health will also work to  support improvements at the national level. This will include work on clinical prioritisation tools and processes, guidance to inform a nationally consistent approach to follow up management, evaluations of models of care and workforce modelling.

DHB service improvement could include local and regional activities around improved capacity and demand planning, improved referral management, consistent prioritisation for access, or using alternative workforce such as optometrists or nurse specialists.

Plans for this funding will be submitted by DHBs to the Ministry during February 2017.

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Youth mental health project evaluation reports released

Posted: 13.12.2016
The Prime Minister’s Youth Mental Health Project (YMHP) has resulted in positive changes, better outcomes and improvements to service delivery for young people in New Zealand. More than 180,000 young people have been reached and more services and resources are now available to identify, support and treat youth with mild to moderate mental health issues.

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Advice on weight management for children and teenagers now available

Posted: 13.12.2016
The Clinical Guidelines for Weight Management in New Zealand Children and Young People have been updated to highlight the importance of sleep and the ongoing need to monitor children’s growth.

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New legislation on notification and management of infectious diseases

Posted: 12.12.2016
New infectious disease notification and management legislation is coming into force on 4 January 2017.  

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Healthy kids industry pledge confirmed

Posted: 11.12.2016
Representatives from a range of groups and companies in the food and beverage industry committed in principle to a pledge to help reduce childhood obesity at a forum on 20 October 2016.

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