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Health
Fri 26 May 2017
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says community-based midwives are set to receive their share of an $8 million pay increase. “The Government believes in supporting families, and an important part of this is helping to ensure the 60,000 new babies born annually in New Zealand get the best start to life,” says Dr Coleman. “Budget 2017 will increase community-based midwives’ pay by $8 million to further support maternity services and recognise the midwives' pay equity concerns.
Health
Fri 26 May 2017
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Food Safety Minister David Bennett welcome the announcement of New Zealand’s action plan for tackling the growing issue of antimicrobial resistance. “Antimicrobial resistance is a global issue that requires a global response. New Zealand has joined other countries in announcing its action plan at the World Health Assembly in Geneva,” says Dr Coleman. “Like other countries, New Zealand has seen a rise in antibiotic resistant infections so it’s important that we have this action plan.
Health
Thu 25 May 2017
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a bill which will ensure 55,000 care and support workers receive their share in a $2 billion pay rise has passed its first reading. The Care and Support Worker (Pay Equity) Settlement Bill passed its first reading unanimously in Parliament tonight. “Shepherding this bill through its first reading in Parliament is another significant milestone towards implementing this historic pay equity settlement on 1 July,” says Dr Coleman.
Health
Thu 25 May 2017
Budget 2017 will invest an extra $205.4 million over four years to maintain and improve disability support services, Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner say. “The Government is committed to providing disabled people with more support so they can have greater independence and live better lives in their communities,” Dr Coleman says. “The sector will receive an extra $52.3 million in 2017/18, taking its total funding to $1.2 billion for the year.
Health
Thu 25 May 2017
Budget 2017 will invest $38.5 million of new operating funding over four years to further support the staged implementation of the national bowel screening programme, Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says. “Around 3,000 New Zealanders are diagnosed with bowel cancer each year. The Government is committed to better access to early detection and treatment,” Dr Coleman says. ...
Health
Thu 25 May 2017
Budget 2017 will invest an extra $3.9 billion over four years into Vote Health taking the total health investment to a record $16.77 billion in 2017/18, Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says. “Delivering better health services for a growing country remains this Government’s number one funding priority,” Dr Coleman says. “The additional funding will deliver a range of new initiatives to meet cost pressures as well as population growth. ...
Health
Thu 25 May 2017
Budget 2017 will invest an extra $224 million over four years in mental health services including $124 million in new innovative approaches, Social Investment Minister Amy Adams and Health Minister Jonathan Coleman say. “Mental health is a social investment priority for this Government. It’s one of our most complex social issues, and it is having big impacts across the employment, housing, health and justice sectors,” Ms Adams says. ...
Health
Tue 23 May 2017
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the latest health target results show increased performance around the country, particularly on the raising healthy kids target. “The six national health targets help to drive improvement in performance across the health system,” says Dr Coleman. “This was reinforced by recent New Zealand research that found that the ED target is having a significant impact, with around 700 fewer deaths than predicted in 2012 if pre-target trends continue.
Sport and Recreation
Sat 20 May 2017
“The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has an important role in setting the rules and ensuring they are followed around the world,” says Dr Coleman. “We need to bolster WADA’s ability to operate as an effective regulator on the world stage, by ensuring it has the appropriate level of oversight to carry out its mandate, and more tools to deal with non-compliant organisations. “WADA needs stronger support from stakeholders, including governments and the Sport Movement, to level the playing field.
Health
Thu 18 May 2017
The launch of national guiding principles for preventing and managing pressure injuries is being welcomed by Health Minister Jonathan Coleman, Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne and ACC Minister Michael Woodhouse. “It’s estimated that every year around 55,000 people suffer from pressure injuries, with more than 3000 of these causing significant harm,” says Dr Coleman. ...
Health | Sport and Recreation
Tue 16 May 2017
Health Minister and Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman is to attend the World Health Assembly (WHA) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) meeting. “I will be leaving tomorrow for the 70th WHA in Geneva, Switzerland, where I will vote for the next World Health Organisation Director General,” says Dr Coleman. “New Zealand will have an important role to play in this assembly with our officials taking a lead role in several key areas. ...
Health
Sun 14 May 2017
Budget 2017 invests an additional $59.2 million over four years to ensure all road ambulance call outs are double crewed, Health Minister Jonathan Coleman, Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne and ACC Minister Michael Woodhouse say. “The Government is focused on getting patients the care they need when they need it, and our ambulance services have a key role to play in this,” Dr Coleman says. ...