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Health
Thu 10 Nov 2016
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the number of pill-free Green Prescription referrals have exceeded the target for the first quarter of 2016/17. “Green Prescriptions provide people with advice and support to improve their nutrition and physical activity,” says Dr Coleman. “Over 13,700 Green Prescription referrals were made in the first quarter of 2016/17, exceeding the target by nearly 100 referrals. “It’s great to see that more New Zealanders are getting the extra support they need to get well and stay well.
Health
Thu 10 Nov 2016
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the number of pill-free Green Prescription referrals have exceeded the target for the first quarter of 2016/17. “Green Prescriptions provide people with advice and support to improve their nutrition and physical activity,” says Dr Coleman. “Over 13,700 Green Prescription referrals were made in the first quarter of 2016/17, exceeding the target by nearly 100 referrals. “It’s great to see that more New Zealanders are getting the extra support they need to get well and stay well.
Health
Wed 9 Nov 2016
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says progress continues to be made to reduce the wait time for a colonoscopy, as DHBs prepare for the roll-out of the national bowel screening programme. “Delivering better cancer services is a priority. Bowel cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in New Zealand,” says Dr Coleman. “The latest data shows 3,850 patients received a colonoscopy in August 2016 – that’s an increase of 45 per cent compared to 2,649 colonoscopies carried out in July 2013.
Health
Wed 9 Nov 2016
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says progress continues to be made to reduce the wait time for a colonoscopy, as DHBs prepare for the roll-out of the national bowel screening programme. “Delivering better cancer services is a priority. Bowel cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in New Zealand,” says Dr Coleman. “The latest data shows 3,850 patients received a colonoscopy in August 2016 – that’s an increase of 45 per cent compared to 2,649 colonoscopies carried out in July 2013.
Health
Mon 7 Nov 2016
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says there will be a greater focus on reducing rheumatic fever rates in Auckland. “Rheumatic fever is a serious but preventable disease. Children and young people from Maori and Pacific communities are the most vulnerable,” Dr Coleman says. “Nationally we’re making good progress towards the Better Public Service target of reducing rheumatic fever rates by two-thirds by June 2017. But there’s still more work to be done, particularly in the greater Auckland region.
Health
Mon 7 Nov 2016
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says there will be a greater focus on reducing rheumatic fever rates in Auckland. “Rheumatic fever is a serious but preventable disease. Children and young people from Maori and Pacific communities are the most vulnerable,” Dr Coleman says. “Nationally we’re making good progress towards the Better Public Service target of reducing rheumatic fever rates by two-thirds by June 2017. But there’s still more work to be done, particularly in the greater Auckland region.
Health
Mon 7 Nov 2016
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says that from next year babies will be tested for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) at birth. “SCID is a group of rare diseases caused by genetic defects that prevent normal development of cells essential for immunity,” says Dr Coleman. “The number of babies born with SCID is difficult to quantify as children often die before diagnosis. Most babies with SCID appear healthy at birth and aren’t diagnosed until six to nine months of age. If untreated, it can be fatal within the first year of life.
Health
Mon 7 Nov 2016
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says that from next year babies will be tested for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) at birth. “SCID is a group of rare diseases caused by genetic defects that prevent normal development of cells essential for immunity,” says Dr Coleman. “The number of babies born with SCID is difficult to quantify as children often die before diagnosis. Most babies with SCID appear healthy at birth and aren’t diagnosed until six to nine months of age. If untreated, it can be fatal within the first year of life.
Health
Thu 3 Nov 2016
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has congratulated this year’s Clinicians Challenge winners for their innovative IT solutions to improve healthcare. ‘It’s great to see clinicians continuing to push the boundaries of digital healthcare through innovative thinking,” says Dr Coleman. “Winning this year’s Clinicians Challenge is a significant achievement given the quality of entries received. ...
Health
Thu 3 Nov 2016
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has congratulated this year’s Clinicians Challenge winners for their innovative IT solutions to improve healthcare. ‘It’s great to see clinicians continuing to push the boundaries of digital healthcare through innovative thinking,” says Dr Coleman. “Winning this year’s Clinicians Challenge is a significant achievement given the quality of entries received. ...
Health
Tue 1 Nov 2016
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman welcomes the passing of legislation which enables a wider range of appropriate health practitioners to undertake certain functions currently restricted to medical practitioners. “This legislation will help to ensure that we can make the best use of the skills of our health workforce,” says Dr Coleman. “Many health practitioners will now be able to perform tasks that were previously the sole domain of medical practitioners. As a result, more patients will be able to receive more timely convenient care closer to home.
Health
Tue 1 Nov 2016
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman welcomes the passing of legislation which enables a wider range of appropriate health practitioners to undertake certain functions currently restricted to medical practitioners. “This legislation will help to ensure that we can make the best use of the skills of our health workforce,” says Dr Coleman. “Many health practitioners will now be able to perform tasks that were previously the sole domain of medical practitioners. As a result, more patients will be able to receive more timely convenient care closer to home.