Releases

Health
Thu 15 Sep 2016
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith say 13.1 hectares of vacant land at Counties Manukau is being freed up for housing. “The Government has approved an application by Counties Manukau DHB to release vacant land at the Manukau SuperClinic Browns Road site,” says Dr Coleman. “It makes sense for DHBs to sell land they don’t need for future use as it allows them to reinvest the proceeds into new or upgraded health facilities.
Health
Wed 14 Sep 2016
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says Pharmac is delivering millions in savings for DHBs on hospital medical devices. “DHBs are benefiting as a result of Pharmac’s expanded role in national procurement of hospital medical devices - making savings which can be reinvested into frontline health services,” says Dr Coleman. ...
Health
Tue 13 Sep 2016
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says new data shows Pharmac is delivering more subsidised medicines, benefiting millions of Kiwis. “Pharmac’s model for increasing New Zealander’s access to subsidised medicines and treatments is world class,” says Dr Coleman. “New Zealanders received 44 million subsidised prescription items in 2015/16. That’s one million more subsidised prescriptions than the previous year, and over 10 million more compared to eight years ago.
Health
Sun 11 Sep 2016
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says thousands more vulnerable families living in unhealthy homes will get the help they need from next month’s expansion of the Healthy Homes Initiatives. “$18 million is being invested as part of Vote Health in Budget 2016 to expand Healthy Homes Initiatives to reduce preventable illnesses among at risk low income families with newborns to five year olds,” says Dr Coleman. ...
Health
Fri 9 Sep 2016
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says DHBs are making progress on their suicide prevention initiatives, but there is more work to be done. Tomorrow is World Suicide Prevention Day – the international theme for 2016 is ‘Connect, Communicate, Care’. “Suicide is a serious issue, around 500 Kiwis take their lives every year, and many more Kiwis are impacted by each tragic loss. High quality mental health services can play a part in reducing the risk of suicide,” says Dr Coleman.
Sport and Recreation
Thu 8 Sep 2016
Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman has today announced that Bill Moran, former Treasury Deputy Secretary, and Jason Shoebridge, Chief Executive of Kantar NZ, have been appointed to the Sport NZ Board. “I am pleased to welcome Bill and Jason to the Sport NZ Board. They are both outstanding additions who will bring significant knowledge and experience to the Board,” says Dr Coleman. ...
Health
Wed 7 Sep 2016
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a pilot which connects stroke patients at smaller hospitals with specialists via video link is showing early promise. “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. “All DHBs now offer clot busting medicines or stroke thrombylosis, but it’s not available 24/7 in all DHBs.
Health
Tue 6 Sep 2016
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Pacific Peoples Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga say a new report shows more Pacific children are getting the B4 School Checks and referrals they need. “The free B4 School Check is vital to ensure that children get the best start at school by identifying and addressing any health or developmental problems at an early stage,” says Dr Coleman. ...
Sport and Recreation
Tue 6 Sep 2016
Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman and Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner wish New Zealand’s Paralympians the best of luck as the Paralympics get underway this week. “Our 31 Kiwi Paralympians will carry the support of all New Zealanders over the next 12 days as they strive for gold in Rio,” says Dr Coleman.  “Our athletes will compete in events across six sports - para-sports, para-athletics, para-cycling, para-sailing, para-canoeing, para-shooting and para-swimming.
Sport and Recreation
Tue 6 Sep 2016
Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman and Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner wish New Zealand’s Paralympians the best of luck as the Paralympics get underway this week. “Our 31 Kiwi Paralympians will carry the support of all New Zealanders over the next 12 days as they strive for gold in Rio,” says Dr Coleman.  “Our athletes will compete in events across six sports - para-sports, para-athletics, para-cycling, para-sailing, para-canoeing, para-shooting and para-swimming.
Health
Thu 1 Sep 2016
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says adults and their families are benefiting from pill-free prescriptions with a new survey showing they are fitter and happier as a result. “The Government is committed to supporting New Zealanders to live healthier more active lives away from hospitals,” says Dr Coleman. “One of the ways we are doing this is through Green Prescriptions, which contain advice on nutrition and physical activity. Local initiatives range from cooking classes to motivational texts, and a range of opportunities to be active.
Health
Wed 31 Aug 2016
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the bowel screening national roll-out programme is on track with Cabinet approving the business case. “Around 3,000 Kiwis are diagnosed with bowel cancer each year, and it’s the second most common cause of cancer death,” says Dr Coleman. “We know that screening saves lives by detecting cancers at an early stage. Once fully implemented the national bowel screening programme is likely to screen over 700,000 people aged between 60 and 74 every two years.