Portfolio Health

11-May-2017

Kapa haka and Te Reo may help prevent dementia

Posted: 09 May 2017 08:02 PM PDT

Nicky Wagner | Health

Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner is welcoming new research that suggests kapa haka and speaking Te Reo may help older Māori avoid dementia. In 2013, the Government invested $1.8 million in Life and Living in Advanced Age: a Cohort Study in New Zealand — Te Puâwaitanga O Ngâ Tapuwae Kia Ora Tonu (LiLACS NZ) by the University of Auckland. ...

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Advice for young people is to sit less, move more & sleep well

Posted: 09 May 2017 02:43 PM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Education

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Education Minister Nikki Kaye have today welcomed the released updated physical activity guidelines for children and young people aged five to 17. “Children and young people are encouraged to live an active lifestyle. To sit less, move more and sleep well to support their healthy development,” says Dr Coleman. “The guidelines include new sleep recommendations as well as updated advice on regular physical activity and reducing sitting time. ...

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Flu vaccines top one million doses

Posted: 09 May 2017 05:00 AM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Health

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says more than one million doses of seasonal influenza vaccine have now been distributed. “A recent New Zealand study showed that most people infected with influenza in 2015 didn’t experience any symptoms, but could still have spread the virus without realising it,” says Dr Coleman. “By being immunised, we not only protect ourselves, but we help to ensure we don’t pass on influenza to our families, friends and colleagues. ...

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Over 6,900 more doctors & nurses in our hospitals

Posted: 08 May 2017 06:00 PM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Health

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a record number of doctors and nurses are working in DHBs across the country. “Our dedicated health workforce is making a difference to the lives of New Zealanders. More doctors and nurses in our DHBs means faster treatment and better experiences for patients and their families,” says Dr Coleman. ...

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Pharmac deal to benefit over 33,000 people

Posted: 06 May 2017 03:13 PM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Health

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says 33,050 New Zealanders would benefit from July 1 this year from Pharmac’s latest funding proposals. “The Government’s growing investment in Pharmac is enabling wider access and new medicines, benefitting thousands of New Zealanders,” Dr Coleman says. “Pharmac has today commenced consultation on a new package covering three areas of medicine which means that from 1 July 2017 over 33,000 New Zealanders would benefit. ...

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NZ confident of plain packaging WTO case

Posted: 05 May 2017 07:15 PM PDT

Todd McClay | Health

Trade Minister Todd McClay and Associate Health Minister Nicki Wagner say we have been working closely with Australia in the fight for tobacco plain packaging laws and believe the World Trade Organisation (WTO) case will be important for New Zealand. The WTO case, which is expected to be decided later this year, was launched in 2014 with New Zealand as a ‘third party’. New Zealand has presented evidence including appearing before the WTO Panel in Geneva. ...

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Under-13s benefiting from free prescriptions

Posted: 04 May 2017 02:54 PM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Health

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says more kids are getting the prescriptions they need following the introduction of the free under-13 policy. "We want to ensure young Kiwis get the best possible start in life. Removing the cost barrier of prescription charges and doctor visits is having a really positive impact on many families," says Dr Coleman. ...

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Keynote Address – 8th Australasian Drug and Alcohol Strategy Conference, Te Papa, Wellington

Posted: 03 May 2017 06:50 PM PDT

Peter Dunne | Health

Good afternoon everyone. It gives me great pleasure to be here to talk about our shared interest in influencing attitudes towards alcohol and drug use. It is an honour and a privilege to be asked to give one of the keynote speeches. I also look forward to taking your questions afterwards. ...

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Home support funding is up 53%

Posted: 03 May 2017 06:30 PM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Health

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the latest data shows that funding for home support services nationwide is up 53 per cent. “To help New Zealanders live longer, healthy lives away from hospitals and in the community the DHB provides a wide range of home help support services. This includes, but isn’t limited to help with personal care and household chores,” says Dr Coleman. ...

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Social investment approach to mental health

Posted: 03 May 2017 02:53 PM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Health

Good morning, it’s great to be here on a beautiful Wellington morning. I’d like to acknowledge Professor Alan Merry, Chair of the Health Quality & Safety Commission. I’d like to also thank the HQSC for hosting us all today. As you’d expect it is a busy election year. With my Minister of Sport and Recreation hat on I’ve spent part of the Parliamentary recess at the World Masters Games – a pretty interesting and inspiring experience. ...

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GP guide for youth medical records online

Posted: 02 May 2017 03:29 PM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Health

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman welcomes a new guide advising GPs on how they provide access to children and young person’s health information via patient portals. “Patient portals are convenient, secure and real time savers for both patients and general practice staff,” says Dr Coleman. “Portals enable patients to access their personal health information whenever they need it. Patients can book appointments, request repeat prescriptions, and message staff securely from their laptop or smartphone. ...

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$2b pay equity settlement for 55,000 health care workers signed

Posted: 01 May 2017 09:53 PM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Health

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says today’s signing of the care and support workers’ $2 billion pay equity settlement in an important milestone. Dr Coleman and representatives from the Ministry of Health, ACC, DHBs and Unions, along with care worker Kristine Bartlett, signed the historic settlement at Parliament today. “The Government announced the $2 billion pay equity settlement for 55,000 care and support workers over five years in mid-April,” says Dr Coleman. ...

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