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29 August, 2014

Cervical Screening Awareness Campaign begins

Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew welcomes Cervical Screening Awareness Month this September encouraging women to get up to date with their cervical smears.

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29 August, 2014

New patient IT system for South Island hospitals

Health Minister Tony Ryall has given the go-ahead for the introduction of a single patient information system to all hospitals in the South Island.

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28 August, 2014

Cancer treatment to be sped up even further

If your doctor suspects you have cancer, the Government will ensure you see a cancer specialist and receive treatment faster than ever before.

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28 August, 2014

Free influenza vaccine programme ends soon

Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew is encouraging those eligible for a free flu vaccine to get in quick, with the programme due to wrap-up on 31 August.

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26 August, 2014

Hospital patients urged to give feedback

Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew is urging hospital patients to take part in a new survey asking them for feedback on their health care.

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26 August, 2014

Health services focused on prevention

The latest National Health Target results show more New Zealanders are getting help to quit smoking and getting checked to see if they are at risk of developing diabetes or heart disease.

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25 August, 2014

Funding boost for rest homes & dementia care

The National-led Government is increasing the rest home bed subsidy by $10 million a year – a 5 per cent increase – as part of the government's ongoing plan to meet the changing needs of our population.

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22 August, 2014

Capital & Coast DHB Crown monitor appointed

Health Minister Tony Ryall has today announced the appointment of Dr Margaret Wilsher as the replacement crown monitor for Capital and Coast District Health Board (DHB).

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22 August, 2014

Midwinter Dialogues Speech

It has been three years since I last spoke to you all, and much has happened since then. In 2011, the Christchurch rebuild was forefront in our minds.

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20 August, 2014

Speech launching new rehabilitation service

It is a pleasure to be here in Auckland this morning to launch this exciting new primary healthcare service. STAR (Specialist Treatment and Rehabilitation) demonstrates innovation that will deliver specialised health services for patients with chronic and long term conditions.

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20 August, 2014

Glimmers of light amidst the darkness of suicide in New Zealand

Latest provisional figures from the Chief Coroner for the year ending 30 June 2014, show an encouraging decline in the number of deaths by suicide among young people aged between 15 and 24 years with 110 suicides compared with 144 last year. The figures also suggest that suicide deaths amongst Māori may have stabilised as have suicide deaths in Christchurch, which, like last year’s figures, are back to pre-earthquake levels.

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20 August, 2014

Speech to launch women’s health research trust fund in Wellington

This is a great opportunity to discuss the opportunities and challenges of women’s health in New Zealand, and to acknowledge the work of the Women’s Health Research Centre in meeting these challenges.

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19 August, 2014

Ensuring New Zealand is prepared for Ebola

Public health officers are being given additional powers to hold aeroplanes and ships at the border if there is a sufficient concern that a person on board is infected with the Ebola virus, says Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew.

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18 August, 2014

Midlands Region Pacific Provider Network (Aere Tai Network)

It is so wonderful to see the support from far and wide to celebrate and mark this important milestone for the health and wellbeing of Pasifika peoples and our Pacific communities.

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15 August, 2014

$2m initiative for healthier Wanganui families

Health Minister Tony Ryall today announced Te Oranganui has been selected to lead a $2 million anti-obesity initiative in Wanganui which will help families improve their health.

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13 August, 2014

Canterbury to provide Chatham health services

Health Minister Tony Ryall has today announced the responsibility for Chatham Islands health services will transfer to Canterbury District Health Board (DHB) from Hawkes Bay DHB next year.

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12 August, 2014

Clinical leadership improving cardiac care

The National Cardiac Network, which is led by cardiac surgeons, cardiologists, GPs, nurses and other health professionals, continues to make gains and improve cardiac services in New Zealand.

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8 August, 2014

Record numbers of patients getting elective surgery

Latest Ministry of Health data shows over 162,000 hips, knees and other elective operations were performed last financial year – 44,000 more operations than six years ago.

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7 August, 2014

Māori face barriers preventing access to palliative care

Associate Minister of Health Tariana Turia says that research reports recently released show that Māori continue to face a number of barriers preventing them from accessing palliative health.

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7 August, 2014

Minister welcomes select committee report on plain packaging

Associate Minister of Health Tariana Turia has welcomed the Health Select Committee report for the Smokefree Environments (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Amendment Bill saying it is another significant step towards a Smokefree Aotearoa 2025.

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5 August, 2014

Dunne Says Honesty Needed on Medicinal Cannabis Debate

Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne has criticised ‘misleading and emotive’ statements on medicinal cannabis from pro-cannabis groups.

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5 August, 2014

Publication of full rest home audits to continue

Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew has announced that publication of full rest home audit reports will continue.

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4 August, 2014

Hospital patients asked for feedback

Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew is welcoming a new survey system which will ask hospital patients for their feedback.

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1 August, 2014

Health minister opens $7 million Nikau House

Health Minister Tony Ryall officially opened the $7 million Nikau House development at Elizabeth Knox Home and Hospital in Epsom, Auckland today.

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1 August, 2014

Speech opening $7 million extension at Elizabeth Knox Home in Auckland

It is great to be back here, after I opened the first stage of this site in 2011. This is another stage in the story of this hospital – which was formally recognised as a hospital in 1939 when it began accepting returning wounded or sick soldiers.

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1 August, 2014

Over a quarter of all Kiwis protected against flu

Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew has welcomed the news that over 1.2 million doses of flu vaccines have now been distributed to New Zealanders.

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31 July, 2014

Proposed changes to restrict sunbeds and manage infectious diseases

Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew has today welcomed the introduction of the Health (Protection) Amendment Bill to Parliament, which will amend the Health Act to make sunbeds R18 and improve the management of serious infectious diseases.

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31 July, 2014

Call for innovative health IT ideas

Health Minister Tony Ryall is encouraging health professionals to take part in the annual Clinicians’ Challenge by submitting their IT solutions to improve health services.

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31 July, 2014

More scholarships for nurse graduates

The government is investing an extra $1.5 million to give 25 graduate nurses scholarships to work in general practices in some of New Zealand’s higher need communities next year.

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30 July, 2014

200 more training places for graduate nurses

Health Minister Tony Ryall has announced the government will fund up to 200 additional training places for nurse graduates next year.

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