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30 July, 2014

$9.3 million to improve drinking water in small communities

Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew has today announced approval of $9.3 million in subsidies to help small communities establish or improve their drinking-water supplies.

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29 July, 2014

Nurses to play bigger role in bowel cancer care

Health Minister Tony Ryall has today announced specialist nurses will now be trained to perform colonoscopies, a diagnostic test which can identify whether a person has bowel cancer and can find and remove pre-cancerous growths.

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27 July, 2014

Speech to The Prostate Cancer Foundation in Wellington

Thank you for inviting me to your annual conference. It is my pleasure to be here to express my support for your organisation and to hear how your work is progressing.

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25 July, 2014

Videoconferencing improving patient care

Health Minister Tony Ryall has been given a first-hand demonstration of a video link that gives patients in the small central North Island community of Taumarunui access to medical expertise from specialists at Waikato Hospital.

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24 July, 2014

Further restrictions to dangerous laser pointers welcomed

Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew has welcomed a bill which will make possession of a high-power laser pointer in public, without a reasonable excuse, an offence.

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21 July, 2014

Social sector makes gains in BPS targets

Results released today show good progress is being made to achieve the Government’s Better Public Services targets, say social sector Ministers Tony Ryall, Paula Bennett and Hekia Parata.

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21 July, 2014

Hon Peter Dunne to speak at 20th International AIDS Conference

Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne is to attend and address the Global Commission on Drug Policy special session at the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne tomorrow. He has been invited to speak on New Zealand’s regulated approach to controlling psychoactive substances.

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18 July, 2014

More kidney transplants expected each year

Health Minister Tony Ryall has announced the government is investing an extra $4 million to establish a National Renal Transplant Service to increase the number of live kidney donor transplantations over the next few years.

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16 July, 2014

Free winter flu vaccine programme extended

Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew has announced that the seasonal influenza immunisation programme will be extended to the end of August.

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16 July, 2014

More places earmarked for rural medical students

Health Minister Tony Ryall has today announced there will be an additional 34 medical places for students next year at our two medical schools, including more positions earmarked for rural students.

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16 July, 2014

Public Health Association Māori Caucus Hui

I want to commend you on your disciplined approach to debating a vision for Māori health for determining the actions that must occur if Māori health is to progress and prosper and articulating ideas around how the interest of Māori can be best represented and realised.

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14 July, 2014

Faster mental health support for young people

Latest data from the Ministry of Health shows young people with mental health or addiction problems are receiving treatment faster than ever before.

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11 July, 2014

Whooping cough still a threat to babies

Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew says despite a drop in the number of whooping cough cases being reported, it is still a threat to babies.

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10 July, 2014

More than 3,300 visits to free sore throat clinics

More than 3,300 children most at risk of developing rheumatic fever have had their sore throat checked recently at a free drop-in clinic, as part of the government’s $67 million rheumatic fever prevention programme.

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9 July, 2014

Only a few weeks left to get funded flu vaccines

Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew is reminding people eligible for a free flu vaccine to get in before the annual immunisation programme ends on 31 July.

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8 July, 2014

Pilot programme targets child health

A new programme to prevent children missing out on important health services has been welcomed by Health Minister Tony Ryall.

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8 July, 2014

Patients pleased with levels of care

A three year $900,000 study into prostate cancer care shows most men and their families are pleased with the care they received.

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6 July, 2014

Te Kupenga Hauora Ahuriri - Celebrating 20 Years

There is nothing more uplifting than to look around this room at the past board members and trustees, current board members and staff, health professionals, legal and financial advisors and friends of Te Kupenga Hauora Ahuriri.

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5 July, 2014

Opening of Te Waiora Community Health Service

I want to thank Tawhiti Kunaiti – the Māori Health Manager of Central PHO and Project Manager for Te Waiora – for your invitation to join with you on such a special milestone day.

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3 July, 2014

Launch of the National Stop Smoking Practitioner Qualification and National Training Service

In three weeks time, at about this time of the day, I will stand to deliver my valedictory speech after 18 years in Parliament.

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3 July, 2014

Record number of new GP trainees

Health Minister Tony Ryall has today announced the government is investing an extra $3.8 million to further increase the number of GP and primary care doctor training places.

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3 July, 2014

More surgical site infections being prevented

Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew has today welcomed new data showing DHBs are making good progress with taking steps to prevent surgical site infections (SSIs).

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3 July, 2014

Whānau Ora general practices continue to find success

Associate Minister of Health and Minister for Whānau Ora Tariana Turia says that latest figures show general practices in Whānau Ora collectives are making continued progress in improving the health of high needs populations.

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2 July, 2014

Act ensures hospital rebuild will keep to schedule

Special legislation designed to ensure timely recovery following the Canterbury earthquakes will be used to deliver appropriate Christchurch health facilities to meet an expected spike in demand in 2018.

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2 July, 2014

Spread of new measles cases cause concern

Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew says a spate of new measles cases dotted around the North Island highlights the need for people to check if they have been immunised.

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2 July, 2014

Keeping ahead of advances in screening

Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew says work is underway to ensure the most up-to-date practices are being used in our screening programmes.

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1 July, 2014

New look child health book launched

Health Minister Tony Ryall met with mums at a Plunket group in Wellington to launch the new Well Child Tamariki Ora health book – the first major revision to the book in over quarter of a century.

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1 July, 2014

Rotavirus vaccine free from today

Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew is welcoming the introduction of free rotavirus vaccination from today.

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30 June, 2014

New Medicines law amendments take effect today

Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne has announced changes introduced under the Medicines Amendment Act 2013 and the Misuse of Drugs Amendment Regulations 2014 broadening the scope for prescribing by nurse practitioners, optometrists and midwives that come into force tomorrow.

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30 June, 2014

$18 million for improving care for rest home residents

Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew today announced additional investment of $18 million to further improve the care of rest home residents throughout the country.

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