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More than 1.2m influenza vaccines distributed

Posted: 10 Jul 2017 03:30 PM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Health

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says 1.2 million New Zealanders have been immunised with the seasonal influenza vaccine this year. “This is the sixth year in a row where more than a million doses have been distributed before influenza cases peak and this is a credit to the sector,” says Dr Coleman. “The influenza season officially began last week and as the vaccine takes up to two weeks to start providing protection it is best to get immunised now. ...

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Wellington benefactor to build and gift a new $50 million children’s hospital

Posted: 09 Jul 2017 11:45 AM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Health

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has welcomed the generosity of Wellington benefactor Mark Dunajtschik, who will build and gift a new $50 million children’s hospital for the region. The announcement was made this morning at Wellington Hospital where a heads of agreement was signed between Mr Dunajtschik and Capital and Coast DHB. “Mr Dunajtschik is a very successful businessman with a very big heart and his offer to build a new children’s hospital for Wellington is extraordinarily generous,” says Dr Coleman. ...

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Campaign highlights heart attack symptoms

Posted: 08 Jul 2017 02:30 PM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Health

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman is welcoming the return of a campaign which tells people how to identify the signs of a possible heart attack. The Heart Foundation campaign includes an award-winning TV commercial which shows people acting out what people often expect a heart attack to look like, while another person is quietly experiencing actual symptoms. “Heart disease is New Zealand's biggest killer, it’s responsible for more than 6,000 deaths a year or around 16 deaths a day,” says Dr Coleman. ...

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Access to cannabis-based products improving

Posted: 05 Jul 2017 07:50 PM PDT

Peter Dunne | Health

Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne says that statistics provided to him by the Ministry of Health show progress is being made in improving access to cannabis-based products. “Since 2014, 167 applications have been approved by either me or the Ministry of Health, compared to just 43 in the six years prior. “For the same period, the average processing time for applications has dropped from a peak of 27 days in 2014, to 13.4 days in 2017. ...

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Maximising health and wellbeing in later life

Posted: 05 Jul 2017 07:32 PM PDT

Nicky Wagner | Health

A new video promoting the Healthy Ageing Strategy is all about maximising the health and wellbeing of older New Zealanders, Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner says. Ms Wagner released the video today to mark the start of the Strategy’s implementation process.  “I’m really pleased with national and international feedback on the Strategy since it launched in December. Implementation is now underway, and we’re already seeing progress,” Ms Wagner says. ...

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