Health - beehive.govt.nz - August 2017

31-Aug-2017



Updated Pacific disability plan welcomed

Posted: 29 Aug 2017 07:40 PM PDT

Nicky Wagner | Health

Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner is welcoming the updated Faiva Ora — National Pasifika Disability Plan. “This update will help reduce stigma, enhance access and improve the quality of services for Pasifika disabled people,” Ms Wagner says. “It sets out priority outcomes and actions that will contribute to achieving the plan’s vision — that Pasifika disabled people and their families can live in their homes and take part in their communities just as other New Zealanders do.” ...

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$6.5m to increase adults cochlear implants

Posted: 24 Aug 2017 01:45 PM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Health

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says $6.5 million will be invested into the adult cochlear implants programme to increase access. “For those with profound hearing loss cochlear implants can be a life changing procedure,” says Dr Coleman. “Access to funded cochlear implants have increased significantly under this Government. In 2014 we expanded the children’s programme so our under 18s could receive bilateral implants, with no waiting list. ...

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Next step in Bowel Screening Programme rollout

Posted: 23 Aug 2017 05:00 PM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Health

Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman has announced that Homecare Medical have been selected as the coordination services provider for the National Bowel Screening Programme. “The announcement of the provider for the National Coordination Centre services marks an important step in the roll-out of the National Bowel Screening Programme,” says Dr Coleman. ...

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Targeted approach to health saving lives

Posted: 21 Aug 2017 02:05 PM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Health

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says that nationwide health targets have had a significant impact on ensuring better, faster and more convenient healthcare for New Zealanders. “Under this Government, the six national health targets have helped to drive improvement in performance across the health system,” says Dr Coleman. “Nine years on, these targets have made a real difference to the quality of care in the health system and have saved lives. ...

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Dunedin - largest new hospital build in NZ history

Posted: 18 Aug 2017 05:00 PM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Health

Dunedin will get a new $1 billion plus hospital, in what will be the largest build of its type in New Zealand’s history, Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says. Dr Coleman made the announcement with Prime Minister Bill English at Dunedin Hospital today. “The Government is committed to ensuring the people of Dunedin and the wider Southern community receive quality hospital care,” Dr Coleman says. ...

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New pay scale for care & support workers

Posted: 15 Aug 2017 05:00 PM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Health

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a new pay scale for 55,000 care and support workers has been successfully implemented, with workers receiving their share of the $2 billion pay equity settlement. “From 1 July a new pay scale was brought in for the 55,000 care and support workers in aged and disability residential care, and home and community support services,” says Dr Coleman. “The new pay scale more fairly reflects’ the workers skills and their experience – resulting in pay rises of between 15 and 50 per cent. ...

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Surgical patients back on their feet faster

Posted: 10 Aug 2017 03:30 PM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Health

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a programme designed to improve recovery after hip and knee surgery is helping patients get home faster. “Each year over 11,000 hip and knee operations are carried out in our hospitals, 30 per cent more compared to nine years ago,” says Dr Coleman. “As well as increasing the number of surgeries we carry out, we’re also continually looking at ways to further improve patient care during and after their operation. ...

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$100m social investment mental health package

Posted: 13 Aug 2017 08:35 PM PDT

Amy Adams | Health

The Government has today announced details of the $100 million social investment fund for mental health, says Social Investment Minister Amy Adams and Health Minister Jonathan Coleman. The $100 million fund will be invested in a package of 17 new initiatives aimed at helping New Zealanders suffering from mental health issues, as well as focusing on improving services and earlier intervention. ...

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