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Health
Fri 21 Oct 2016
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Social Development Minister Anne Tolley say a collaboration between MSD and four DHBs will trial different ways to support people with health conditions and disabilities into work. “Across government, Ministries are exploring ways they can work more collaboratively with the aim of improving the overall life outcomes of New Zealanders,” says Dr Coleman. ...
Health | Sport and Recreation
Thu 20 Oct 2016
This week marks one year on since the launch of the Childhood Obesity Plan, and Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says good progress is being made. “Obesity is a serious issue threatening the health of young New Zealanders, which means some of our kids could end up living shorter lives than their parents,” says Dr Coleman. “In 2014/15 11 per cent of all children aged 2-14 years were obese. The figures for Maori and Pacific children were 15 per cent and 30 per cent respectively.
Health
Thu 13 Oct 2016
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says all potential cataract procedures are now being assessed nationwide using a prioritisation tool. “Increasing access to specialist care remains a priority for this Government. The answer to increased demand is to do more,” says Dr Coleman. “Cataract surgery is one of the more straightforward elective surgery procedures performed by our hospitals, but is also one where the benefits to the patient can be significant within a fairly short space of time.
Health
Wed 12 Oct 2016
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says more families are getting the care they need for their children as a result of free GP visits for under 13s. ...
Health
Mon 10 Oct 2016
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today congratulated the newly elected members to 19 of the 20 District Health Boards across the country. “DHB Boards have a critical leadership role in the health sector, and the Boards have an important role in the sector’s ability to further improve the health outcomes of all New Zealanders,” says Dr Coleman. ...
Health
Mon 10 Oct 2016
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says mental health awareness week is a good reminder for people to think about their mental health and wellbeing. The theme of this year’s mental health awareness week is 'Connect with nature for good mental health and wellbeing.’ “One in five New Zealanders will experienced a mental health issue during their lifetime. It’s important people can access the appropriate mental health and addiction services that they need,” says Dr Coleman.
Health
Thu 6 Oct 2016
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says Healthy Families NZ is helping communities around the country to make healthy changes. “Healthy Families NZ is about encouraging people to live healthier lives by making good food choices, being physically active, moderating alcohol consumption and being smoke-free,” says Dr Coleman. “The initiative challenges communities to think differently about how to address the underlying causes of poor health. ...
Health
Tue 4 Oct 2016
Introduction It’s a pleasure to be here to address the New Zealand Aged Care Association conference. I’d like to acknowledge NZACA chair Simon O’Dowd, chief executive Simon Wallace, as well as the many members of the board of Association. The theme of your conference ‘The pursuit of excellence, building on our strengths’ is timely. It’s an exciting time to be part of the aged care sector. I encourage you to take this opportunity to discuss and explore ways the sector can evolve to meet future demands.
Sport and Recreation
Tue 20 Sep 2016
Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman say the Government is investing $3 million via the Major Events Development Fund to showcase Kiwi culture, arts, innovation and hospitality during the DHL New Zealand Lions Series 2017.  “This investment will help New Zealand and the seven host regions to showcase what the country has to offer and to capitalise on the expected 20,000 international visitors,” says Mr Joyce. 
Health
Tue 20 Sep 2016
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Associate Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration Nicky Wagner say the 2016 Canterbury Wellbeing Survey and Index shows Cantabrians are making good progress. “The survey of over 3,000 greater Christchurch residents shows that Cantabrians’ quality of life and wellbeing continues to improve, and fewer people are negatively impacted by earthquake stressors,” says Dr Coleman. ...
Health
Mon 19 Sep 2016
Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman and Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner say the country is extremely proud of what our Paralympians achieved in Rio.  “Our 31 Kiwi Paralympians achieved 21 medals in total - nine gold, five silver, and seven bronze – that’s three medals over their target,” says Dr Coleman. “On a medals per capita basis, New Zealand topped the table, maintaining the top position it achieved in London 2012.
Health
Thu 15 Sep 2016
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government has approved the first of three stages of the redevelopment of Dunedin Hospital.   “The redevelopment is a great opportunity to build modern facilities based on sustainable healthcare services to meet the needs of Dunedin and the wider Southern community,” says Dr Coleman. “The Government has now approved the Strategic Assessment which sets out the case for change and the very clear need to invest in infrastructure at Dunedin Hospital.