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Health
Tue 30 Aug 2016
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a new framework for planning and designing support for people with mental health and addiction issues will help to further improve care.   “The new Commissioning Framework is about better planning and design of mental health and addiction services,” says Dr Coleman.   “It’s a methodology that will shift the focus from inputs and outputs to understanding the real difference that services make to people. This is about putting people at the centre of planning.
Health
Mon 29 Aug 2016
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says over 6000 patients are now being supported to manage their blood thinning medication through an increasingly popular pharmacy-led scheme. “More than 150 community pharmacies across the country are now contracted to provide warfarin management to patients,” says Dr Coleman. “The feedback from patients and pharmacists is that this is a great initiative which provides easy and quick access, and delivers care closer to home.
Health
Fri 26 Aug 2016
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today opened a new $3.6 million angiography suite at Taranaki Base Hospital in New Plymouth. “Heart disease is the biggest killer of men and women over 40, but early diagnosis and treatment can make a huge difference,” says Dr Coleman. “Of the 118,000 people in Taranaki, 41 per cent are at risk of cardiovascular disease, and that figure is growing due to an ageing population. ...
Health
Fri 26 Aug 2016
Introduction It’s great to be here today to open the New Zealand College of Midwives 14th biennial national conference. I’d like to acknowledge the New Zealand College of Midwives Auckland region for hosting the conference, as well as the keynote speakers. Midwifery contribution The birth of a child is the most important event in life for most Kiwis. There are close to 60,000 new births annually in New Zealand. ...
Health
Thu 25 Aug 2016
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says around one in ten New Zealanders received a First Specialist Assessment (FSA) in 2015/16. “Increasing access to specialist care remains a priority for this Government. The answer to increased demand is to do more,” says Dr Coleman. “The latest data shows 551,013 patients received a medical or surgical FSA in 2015/16, a rise of almost 10,000 on the previous financial year. ...
Health
Thu 25 Aug 2016
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a new report confirms the vast majority of patients seen at an Emergency Department are in and out within six hours. “A high functioning ED is a sign of a healthy hospital with a dedicated workforce, the support of a number of high-functioning departments including diagnostic services, and good general practice services,” says Dr Coleman. ...
Health
Wed 24 Aug 2016
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government supports the recommendations of the Health Select Committee’s report into surgical mesh. “I have every sympathy for people who have experienced issues with surgical mesh products. I’d like to thank the petitioners for highlighting their concerns, as well the submitters and the Committee for their deliberations,” says Dr Coleman. ...
Health
Wed 24 Aug 2016
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a national campaign highlighting the signs of a stroke and the need to act quickly is already making a difference. “Each year in New Zealand about 9,000 people have a stroke. Early identification and treatment is crucial to reduce the likelihood of brain damage and lasting harm,” says Dr Coleman. “The FAST campaign focuses on the key signs of a stroke and emphasises the swift action needed if you’re concerned.
Health
Tue 23 Aug 2016
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the latest health targets results show the gains made in the previous quarter have again been largely maintained. “The health targets are important as they drive performance across the health system, ensuring that New Zealanders get better access to key health services,” says Dr Coleman. “The latest quarterly results for April to June 2016 show that the progress made in the previous quarter has largely been sustained.
Sport and Recreation
Mon 22 Aug 2016
Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman says New Zealand’s Olympic team should be incredibly proud of achieving the country’s best ever results at an Olympic Games with a total of 18 medals. “Our Olympians have secured New Zealand’s best ever medal haul, and their achievements are a great reward for the hard work and training they’ve put into their sport,” says Dr Coleman. ...
Health
Fri 19 Aug 2016
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has welcomed the official opening of the new $215 million Burwood Hospital in Christchurch. “Burwood Hospital is the first cab off the rank in the close to $1 billion of hospital redevelopments underway in Christchurch,” says Dr Coleman. The $215 million facility was officially opened by Prime Minister John Key today. Burwood Hospital focuses on services for older people, which were previously located at The Princess Margaret Hospital.
Health
Thu 18 Aug 2016
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today confirmed there will be a Government initiated independent Inquiry into the Havelock North water contamination issue. “The situation in Havelock North is concerning. It is important that the public has confidence in their water supply,” says Dr Coleman. “To ensure we have a clear understanding of what has happened in Havelock North as well as any learnings from the situation, the Government will launch an independent Inquiry.