Tags : health

Govt increases support for those wanting to change registered sex

The Government is increasing support for New Zealanders wanting to change their sex marker on birth certificates, Minister of Internal Affairs Jan Tinetti said today. “This Government understands that self-identification is a significant issue for transgender, non-binary and intersex New Zealanders, and is committed to making it easier for people to formally acknowledge their identified […]readmore

New inpatient ward for Waitākere Hospital

A new $40 million, 30-bed ward at Waitākere Hospital will mean more West Aucklanders can be treated close to home. Health Minister Andrew Little visited the hospital today to announce Government funding for the ward, subject to an approved business case. “As I said in my speech last week announcing major reforms of the health […]readmore

New Zealand responds to COVID-19 crisis in India

New Zealand is providing support to India in response to the devastating COVID-19 situation facing the country, Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today. “We stand in solidarity with India at this difficult time, and commend the tireless efforts of India’s frontline medics and healthcare workers who are working hard to save lives,” said Nanaia Mahuta. […]readmore

New integrated Spinal and Adult Rehabilitation Unit at Manukau Health

A new $110 million Spinal Unit and Adult Rehabilitation Unit in Auckland has received the initial funding go-ahead from the Government. The new, purpose-built facility will replace the existing Auckland Spinal Rehabilitation Unit at Ōtara and the General Rehabilitation Service in the Colvin Complex at Middlemore Hospital, and will form part of the $229.4 million Manukau […]readmore

Independent review to explore future for local government

Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta says an independent review of local government will explore how councils can maintain and improve the wellbeing of New Zealanders in the communities they serve long into the future. Announcing the review today Nanaia Mahuta says it will focus on how our system of local democracy needs to evolve over […]readmore

Major reforms will make healthcare accessible for all NZers

All DHBs will be replaced by one national organisation, Health New Zealand ·         A new Māori Health Authority will have the power to commission health services, monitor the state of Māori health and develop policy ·         New Public Health Agency will be created ·         Strengthened Ministry of Health will monitor performance and advise Government Putting a greater emphasis […]readmore

Staff deserve our thanks after a year of managed isolation

Staff at managed isolation and quarantine facilities have successfully managed the return home of 130,000 New Zealanders and kept five million Kiwis safe, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. Today marks one year since the managed isolation and quarantine system was put in place. “A little over a year ago, no-one could have envisaged what […]readmore

Drug-testing law to be made permanent

Interim legislation that is already proving to keep people safer from drugs will be made permanent, Health Minister Andrew Little says. Research by Victoria University, on behalf of the Ministry of Health, shows that the Government’s decision in December to make it legal for drug-checking services to operate at festivals over the summer is changing […]readmore

Independent experts to advise Government on post-vaccination future

The Government is acting to ensure decisions on responding to the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic are informed by the best available scientific evidence and strategic public health advice. “New Zealand has worked towards an elimination strategy which has been successful in keeping our people safe and our economy in good shape,” Minister for […]readmore

More support for mums and whānau struggling with alcohol and

The Government is expanding its Pregnancy and Parenting Programme so more women and whānau can access specialist support to minimise harm from alcohol and other drugs, Health Minister Andrew Little says. “We know these supports help improve wellbeing and have helped to reduce addiction, reduced risk for children, and helped bring whānau back together,” Andrew […]readmore