Releases

Health
Tue 28 Mar 2017
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says data from the system which matches graduates with employers shows hundreds more nurses are now in mental health services, surgical, and medical areas. The national recruitment system, called ACE, provides accurate information much sooner for both nurse graduates and employers. It helps to streamline the recruitment process for both graduates and DHBs. ...
Sport and Recreation
Mon 27 Mar 2017
Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman and Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner say the New Zealand Special Olympics team should be extremely proud of its outstanding results at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games held in Graz, Austria. “The 13 athletes who competed in last week’s games have returned to New Zealand today with 18 medals,” says Dr Coleman. “What’s even more impressive is that all members of the team have achieved personal best results.”
Health
Mon 27 Mar 2017
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith have welcomed the signing of a bilateral cooperation arrangement in biomedical research between New Zealand and China. The arrangement between the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) and China’s National Natural Science Foundation (NSFC) was signed by HRC Chair Dr Lester Levy and NSFC Vice President Dr Liu Congqiang today. ...
Health | Sport and Recreation
Thu 23 Mar 2017
Health Minister and Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman is travelling to Melbourne to take part in a meeting of Health Ministers. Dr Coleman will attend the Council of Australian Governments Health Council meeting, along with Australian Commonwealth Health Minister Greg Hunt and Health Ministers from states and territories. Dr Coleman will also meet separately with Mr Hunt, who like Dr Coleman, also holds both the health and sports portfolio. ...
Health
Thu 23 Mar 2017
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman is calling on clinicians to share their ideas on how technology can transform patient care. “Clinicians have an insider’s view of where innovation can be applied to improve healthcare services,” says Dr Coleman. “A key focus of this year’s annual Clinicians’ Challenge is ‘disruptive innovation’, which is when an innovation disrupts the existing norm and becomes the new benchmark. ...
Health
Thu 23 Mar 2017
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and ACC Minister Michael Woodhouse say hundreds will benefit from a new major trauma policy which will see patients taken to the most appropriate hospital more quickly. “The Government is focused on getting patients the care they need when they need it. As part of the wider work programme we’re rolling out the ‘Major trauma out of hospital destination policy’ from Monday,” says Dr Coleman. ...
Health
Wed 22 Mar 2017
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith says new internationally-recognised research that aims to improve rehabilitation of people after they have a stroke is an important step forward. “Around 9,000 people have a stroke each year in New Zealand. Early identification and treatment is crucial to reduce the likelihood of brain damage and lasting harm,” says Dr Coleman. ...
Health | Sport and Recreation
Wed 22 Mar 2017
Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman says up to 20,000 children are benefiting from a pilot programme which seeks to transform the way physical education (PE) is taught in schools. “We’re now one year into the three year pilot of Play.Sport and the number of schools taking part has grown from 34 to 44,” says Dr Coleman. “20,000 children at schools across Waikatere and Upper Hutt where the pilot is taking place are now benefitting from this new model of delivering PE.
Health
Tue 21 Mar 2017
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says nominations are now open for the 2017 Minister of Health Volunteer Awards. “These awards help to recognise the thousands of unsung heroes who support New Zealand’s health and disability services,” says Dr Coleman. “Health volunteers make life better for New Zealanders in many ways, often without seeking any recognition. ...
Health
Wed 15 Mar 2017
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says community-based midwives will receive a $2.8 million pay increase this year, further boosting support for maternity services. “This fee increase for Lead Maternity Care (LMC) midwives acknowledges their important work with many of the 60,000 new babies born annually in New Zealand,” Dr Coleman says. “It’s important that these mums and babies receive the best possible care. ...
Health
Mon 13 Mar 2017
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the latest Better Public Service (BPS) results for immunisation and rheumatic fever show improvements have been made, but there is still more work to do. “Immunisation protects children from some serious but preventable diseases and helps to stop those diseases spreading. High coverage is important to protect not only the health of an individual but to protect the community as well,” says Dr Coleman. ...
Sport and Recreation
Fri 10 Mar 2017
Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman has today launched a new Rugby League Education programme at Auckland’s Birkdale North School. “The Rugby League World Cup 2017 Education Resource is a range of curriculum-based learning and teaching resources for primary and intermediate students in Years 1 to 8. It’s a fun and interactive way to promote learning through rugby league,” says Dr Coleman. “The programme includes engaging classroom ideas that can be used across the curriculum, including physical education, maths and science.