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1 March, 2015

Minister of Health Volunteer Awards open

Nominations open today for the 2015 Minister of Health Volunteer Awards – recognising the thousands of unsung heroes who support New Zealand’s health and disability services.

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27 February, 2015

Coleman meets Australian counterpart

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman today met with his Australian counterpart Sussan Ley, Minister of Health and Minister for Sport.

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27 February, 2015

New toolkit to help DHBs in suicide prevention

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a new resource released today is designed to help DHBs, in partnership with their communities, prevent and respond to suicide.

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27 February, 2015

More medicines for rare disorders to be funded

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says people with rare disorders will benefit from Pharmac’s new funding approach for rare disorders medicines.

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25 February, 2015

More one on one time for mental health patients

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says patients in mental health wards are the latest to benefit from an innovative programme that frees up staff to spend more time looking after patients.

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25 February, 2015

Opening address: Safe use of opioids national collaborative

As Associate Minister of Health, it is my pleasure to be here with you all this morning to open learning session one, the Collaborative’s inaugural national event.

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24 February, 2015

DHBs improve performance on health targets

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the latest quarterly health target results show DHBs are making good overall progress.

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23 February, 2015

Record number of organ transplants

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the number of organ donors and transplants reached a record high last year.

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20 February, 2015

Pharmacists key to safe use of medicines

The Health Quality & Safety Commission’s Let’s PLAN for better care pharmacy week is a great opportunity for New Zealanders to discover how much they can learn about their medicines from their pharmacist, says Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne.

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20 February, 2015

ACC signs on to free under 13s doctor visits

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and ACC Minister Nikki Kaye have confirmed ACC’s commitment to free under 13s doctor visits.

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19 February, 2015

Further gains made in health BPS targets

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Better Public Services results released today show immunisation rates have reached an all-time high and rheumatic fever rates have dropped considerably.

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17 February, 2015

Use of Green Prescriptions rocket ahead

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the health benefits of Green Prescriptions continue to be demonstrated, as more and more people take medical advice to get fit and eat well to help tackle their health problems.

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16 February, 2015

Opening Address of the Public Health Response to Climate Change – Mitigation, Adaptation and Action, University of Otago, Wellington

Tena koutou katoa, good morning, and thank you for the invitation to speak today at the opening of the 2015 public health summer school course on public health responses to climate change.

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13 February, 2015

Programme delivers better hip/knee op recovery

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says patients recovering from hip or knee replacement surgery are spending less time in hospital as a result of a new national quality improvement programme.

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9 February, 2015

New hospital patient IT system for South Island

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a new hospital patient information system will be rolled out across South Island DHBs to streamline services.

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4 February, 2015

Alcohol use survey results encouraging

Associate Minister of Health Peter Dunne has welcomed the release of the Ministry of Health’s Alcohol Use 2012/13 report.

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4 February, 2015

Raising awareness on World Cancer Day

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says World Cancer Day helps to highlight the global initiatives to deliver better, faster cancer care.

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4 February, 2015

Applications open for Māori health scheme

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says applications are now being taken for the Māori Health Development Scheme 2015/16.

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30 January, 2015

New Christchurch child cancer facility opens

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman today officially opened a new facility for children undergoing cancer treatment in Christchurch.

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29 January, 2015

More children receiving B4 School Checks

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says more children than ever are benefiting from the free before school health checks.

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28 January, 2015

$2.77m to support newly qualified midwifes

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says more support is being provided for newly qualified midwives.

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23 December, 2014

Keep EDs free for emergencies this Christmas

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman is encouraging people where possible to keep EDs free for emergencies this festive season.

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19 December, 2014

Consultation starts on ACC rates for free under 13s doctors’ visits

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and ACC Minister Nikki Kaye say consultation starts today on ACC support towards free kids’ doctors’ visits.

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19 December, 2014

Harm reduced as tobacco left at the border

The more than 800kg of tobacco and cigarettes left at the border since 1 November is a further step towards reducing the damage caused by smoking, say Customs Minister Nicky Wagner and Associate Health Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga.

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18 December, 2014

Scheme to fill hard-to-staff health jobs working

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a scheme to fill hard-to-staff health roles is making a real difference to the career choices of graduating health professionals.

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17 December, 2014

New gestational diabetes guidelines published

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says all pregnant women will be routinely screened for diabetes as part of new national guidelines.

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17 December, 2014

Full audits of all rest homes available to public

Associate Health Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has announced that full audit reports for all rest homes will be published online from today in a more reader-friendly format.

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17 December, 2014

Collaboration key in reducing child off-road vehicle deaths

Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne has welcomed a cross-sector report aimed at reducing child deaths in motorcycle, quad bike and other off-road vehicle accidents.

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17 December, 2014

Alcohol forum report released

The report of the Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship has been released today, with Ministers noting that further work will be required on the feasibility and impact of the proposals.

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16 December, 2014

New Health Minister visits all 20 DHBs

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says today’s visit to South Canterbury DHB marks the end of a 20 DHB tour to engage with the health sector.

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