Portfolio Health - beehive.govt.nz - 13 - 24 July 2017

25-Jul-2017


Health harnessing social media & data to predict epidemics

Posted: 24 Jul 2017 08:45 PM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Health

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a new project is seeking to establish if tracking trends on social media and unconventional data can help predict outbreaks and further improve our responses to epidemics. “We’re in the midst of the cold and flu season, so trying to predict outbreaks of infectious bugs is top of mind,” says Dr Coleman. “The Ministry of Health is trialling an innovative approach aimed at improving our response to epidemics by predicting outbreaks earlier. ...

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$2.1m to support Raising Healthy Kids target

Posted: 23 Jul 2017 03:00 PM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Health

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says $2.1 million over two years will be pumped into selected DHBs to help families support their children’s healthy growth and development. “Childhood obesity can have serious long-term effects on a person’s health and wellbeing as they age. As a result some of our kids could end up living shorter lives than their parents,” says Dr Coleman. ...

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$2.1m to support Raising Healthy Kids target

Posted: 23 Jul 2017 03:00 PM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Health

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says $2.1 million over two years will be pumped into selected DHBs to help families support their children’s healthy growth and development. “Childhood obesity can have serious long-term effects on a person’s health and wellbeing as they age. As a result some of our kids could end up living shorter lives than their parents,” says Dr Coleman. ...

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Over a million contacts made to Telehealth

Posted: 20 Jul 2017 04:00 PM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Health

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says over a million contacts have now been made to the country's telehealth provider for advice on health issues as well as mental health and addiction support. ...

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New disability system a step closer

Posted: 19 Jul 2017 02:00 PM PDT

Nicky Wagner | Disability Issues

Disability Issues and Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner says a hard-working and talented group has produced a high-level design for the transformed disability support system. “The co-design group, which includes disabled people, worked intensively over several months to create and shape the framework for this new system,” Ms Wagner says. ...

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Transforming respite care

Posted: 18 Jul 2017 02:32 PM PDT

Nicky Wagner | Health

Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner is today releasing a strategy to transform the way people who care for a disabled family member are supported. Transforming Respite is designed to give disabled people and their family members greater choice, control and flexibility when accessing and using respite services. ...

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Roll-out of national bowel screening begins

Posted: 16 Jul 2017 02:30 PM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Health

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the start of the bowel screening programme is a major milestone for the New Zealand health system, and will ultimately save lives. “This week the first letters inviting people to take part in the screening programme are being sent to eligible residents in the Hutt Valley and Wairarapa DHBs,” says Dr Coleman. “This is the first step in the phased implementation of the free National Bowel Screening Programme throughout New Zealand over the next three years. ...

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New General Manager for South Island Alliance

Posted: 13 Jul 2017 01:52 PM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Health

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has welcomed the appointment of Mark Leggett as the new General Manager of the South Island Alliance. “Mark Leggett brings significant clinical and executive management expertise to the role,” says Dr Coleman. “He trained as a nurse and midwife, and has held senior executive roles across public and private health organisations. Most recently he was Vice President International Services for HHL Group (Healthcare New Zealand).” ...

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