As Associate Minister of Health with the relatively new delegation of ethics committees, it is my pleasure to be here – I have found my responsibility in this area to be engaging, thought provoking, and of critical importance to the wider health sector.
An extra $98 million will be invested in Budget 2015 to provide more New Zealanders with timely elective surgery, and to improve the prevention and treatment of orthopaedic conditions, Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says.
New Zealand’s Ministry of Health (Medsafe) and The Therapeutics Goods Administration of Australia are proud to be joint hosts for this meeting. New Zealand and Australia have a long and proud history of mutual co-operation.
Data released today about the use of Ministry of Health-funded disability support services will help ensure that disabled New Zealanders are receiving the best services, says Associate Health Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga.
Today is Conversations that Count Day, and Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne is urging New Zealanders both young and old to talk about the kind of care they would want if they were seriously ill or at the end of their life.