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08-Aug-2017


Action plan to fight antimicrobial resistance

Posted: 05 Aug 2017 02:08 PM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Food Safety

Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman and Food Safety Minister David Bennett today launched the finalised New Zealand action plan to address the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). “Scientists, governments and international agencies are united in the approach to combat the rise of antimicrobial resistance,” says Dr Coleman. “The New Zealand Antimicrobial Resistance Action Plan, released today, will underpin our efforts to ensure that antimicrobials are managed carefully. ...

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‘Living with Low Vision’ resource

Posted: 03 Aug 2017 09:44 PM PDT

Nicky Wagner | Health

Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner says a new resource is available to help people with low vision better manage everyday tasks.  Low vision — reduced vision or vision loss that cannot be corrected or improved by glasses, medicine or surgery — affects an estimated 29,000 New Zealanders.  ...

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New $14.4m specialist mental health unit

Posted: 03 Aug 2017 05:12 PM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Health

Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman has today opened a new specialist mental health facility at the Mason Clinic in Auckland. “In line with international trends, here in New Zealand we’ve seen an increase in demand for mental health and addiction services in recent years,” says Dr Coleman. “We are responding to this increase by lifting the funding for mental health and addiction services, seeking out innovative ways to address issues, and by investing in additional facilities. ...

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New support line is getting Kiwis talking

Posted: 03 Aug 2017 05:00 AM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Health

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the free 24/7 four digit phone and text number 1737 is helping to get Kiwis talking. “Need to talk? 1737 is free to call or text from any landline or mobile phone, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week," says Dr Coleman. ...

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Chairs appointed to Canterbury and South Canterbury DHB

Posted: 02 Aug 2017 02:30 PM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Health

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today appointed Chairs to the boards of Canterbury and South Canterbury DHB. John Wood has been appointed Chair of Canterbury DHB, with Sir Mark Solomon continuing in his role as deputy Chair. “Dr Wood has significant governance experience, a proven track record of drawing multiple agencies together to deliver key work programmes, as well as a strong local commitment to Canterbury,” says Dr Coleman. ...

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National SUDI prevention programme launched

Posted: 01 Aug 2017 01:29 PM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Health

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman today launched a new national Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI) prevention programme. “This Government believes in supporting women and families to have healthy babies who grow up to be healthy kids,” says Dr Coleman. “Our current SUDI rate is approximately 0.7 in every 1,000 babies born, and 1.59 for every 1,000 Maori babies born. We are working to reduce this rate to 0.1 in every 1,000 births by 2025. ...

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New pathway for smokeless tobacco products

Posted: 01 Aug 2017 12:41 PM PDT

Nicky Wagner | Health

The Government will establish a pre-market approval system for smokeless tobacco and nicotine-delivery products, other than e-cigarettes, Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner says. This follows a decision in March to legalise the sale of nicotine e-cigarettes. “There are a number of products available internationally — including heat-not-burn, snus, moist snuff, dissolvables and inhaled nicotine — that may be significantly less harmful than tobacco smoking,” Ms Wagner says. ...

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Stop smoking services producing good results

Posted: 31 Jul 2017 05:51 PM PDT

Nicky Wagner | Health

An overhaul of smoking cessation services has had a significant impact on quit rates, Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner says. Sixteen new regional smoking cessation services began operating in July last year with the aim of better supporting smokers who need help to quit, especially Māori, Pacific and pregnant women. “So far over 9000 people have enrolled in the new services, but what’s really telling is the significant improvement in the overall quit rate,” Ms Wagner says. ...

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Patient info shared across the South Island

Posted: 31 Jul 2017 07:00 AM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Health

Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman says the expansion of the electronic health records system HealthOne means that most South Island patient records are now shared on one system. “The HealthOne initiative is a great example of the use of technology to help improve patient outcomes for over one million New Zealanders,” says Dr Coleman. ...

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Marking World Hepatitis Day

Posted: 27 Jul 2017 04:38 PM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Health

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says World Hepatitis Day is an opportunity to focus on what more can be done to diagnose and treat hepatitis B and C. “Today marks World Hepatitis Day, and with this year’s theme of ‘eliminating hepatitis’ it’s timely to reflect on the progress being made,” says Dr Coleman. “In May 2016 New Zealand was one of 194 countries that adopted the World Health Organization’s Global Hepatitis Strategy which set the goal of eliminating viral hepatitis by 2030. This is achievable in New Zealand. ...

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Using social media to help save women’s lives

Posted: 26 Jul 2017 02:00 PM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Health

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a new website and social media campaign will help encourage women to have regular cervical smear tests and mammograms. “The Time to Screen campaign encourages and supports women to participate in screening programmes by providing information on when and why they need to get a check-up, how often they need to go, and what to expect from the process,” says Dr Coleman. ...

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Funding for Suicide Mortality Review Committee

Posted: 25 Jul 2017 01:57 PM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Health

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Associate Minister Peter Dunne have announced that, following a successful trial, the Ministry of Health will extend its funding for the Suicide Mortality Review Committee (SuMRC). “Our suicide rate is too high, particularly the rates for youth and specifically Maori and Pacific young people,” says Dr Coleman. “Although wider interventions and support have been made available, there is always more we can do. ...

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