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11 February, 2016

Speech to open Selby House Dental Hub, Newtown, Wellington

Kia ora tātau, good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. Thank you Virginia and Bee Healthy Dental Service for inviting me to open the Selby House dental clinic, I am delighted to be able to join you. The opening of Selby House marks the completion of the capital development component of the improved model of care for the oral health of children across the Wellington, Kapiti and Hutt Valley regions.

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11 February, 2016

More children benefiting from free GP visits

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says new data shows free GP visits for under 13s is making it easier for families to get the care their children need.

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10 February, 2016

Speech to the International Gambling Conference 2016, Auckland

This is an important event in the national and international gambling calendar and I am pleased to note that it is my first official speaking engagement in New Zealand for 2016.

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10 February, 2016

Digital medical certificates make system simpler

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Social Development Minister Anne Tolley say 72 per cent of all medical certificates for Work and Income clients are now being lodged electronically.

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9 February, 2016

Encouraging immunisation for older children

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a new awareness campaign starts today to remind parents and caregivers of older children about the school based immunisation programme.

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2 February, 2016

International action on Zika appropriate

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the World Health Organization’s declaration of Zika virus as a public health emergency is appropriate.

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1 February, 2016

B4 School Check giving kids a great start

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says thousands of new entrants heading to school for the first time this week have benefited from a free B4 School Check.

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1 February, 2016

New $72m Outpatients facility for Christchurch

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government has given the green light to a new $72 million Outpatients facility to be built in Canterbury.

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21 January, 2016

Backgrounder: Medical Cannabis in New Zealand

In light of recent and increasing commentary on the use, access to and funding of cannabis based medical products, attached is a fact sheet on the definition, current availability, status and authorisation process around the use of these products for therapeutic purposes. Further information can be found on the Ministry of health’s website at: http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/regulation-health-and-disability-system/medicines-control/medicinal-cannabis

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22 December, 2015

Maternity services continuing to improve

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the National Maternity Monitoring Group (NMMG) 2015 Annual Report shows the quality of maternity services in New Zealand is continuing to improve.

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21 December, 2015

Improved palliative care guidance

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman welcomes new guidance on providing the best possible care for people during the last days of their lives.

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20 December, 2015

$1.2m extra to expand Fruit in Schools

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Fruit in Schools programme will be expanded to include an extra 77 schools, benefiting an additional 13,000 students.

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18 December, 2015

New Health Research Council chair appointed

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says Dr Lester Levy has been appointed chair of the Health Research Council (HRC), replacing outgoing chair Sir Robert Stewart.

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17 December, 2015

Fetal Alcohol Consultation Opens

Consultation has opened today on a discussion paper by the Ministry of Health on actions to address Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

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17 December, 2015

New immunisation resource for primary care

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a new resource will support midwives, nurses and doctors to inform parents about infant immunisation.

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16 December, 2015

Interest in new health plan for older people

More than 1000 people have so far made their voices heard in the development of a new national Health of Older People Strategy, says Associate Health Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga.

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16 December, 2015

Mental health workforce plan feedback sought

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a draft Action Plan to guide training and development of mental health workers is out for sector consultation.

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15 December, 2015

Rheumatic fever campaign evaluation positive

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says an evaluation of this year’s national rheumatic fever awareness campaign shows positive results and a scorecard of excellence.

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15 December, 2015

Gaining better understanding of treatment injury

The Government is working to gain a full understanding of treatment injury to inform a range of initiatives to reduce treatment injury rates, say Minister of Health Jonathan Coleman and Minister for ACC Nikki Kaye.

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11 December, 2015

Encouraging Trends in Child Oral Health

Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne has welcomed the Ministry of Health’s update of key New Zealand Health Survey results, released today.

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10 December, 2015

B4 School Checks on track to reach target

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the latest data shows the B4 School Check programme is well on track to reach more than 56,000 children across New Zealand by the end of the financial year.

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9 December, 2015

Nursing graduates finding jobs sooner

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says more than half the country's nurses graduating in November have found jobs before they know their final exam results through the system which matches graduates with employers.

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8 December, 2015

Southern DHB Bill passes first reading 95-26

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a Bill to extend the term of the Southern DHB Commissioner passed its first reading today 95-26.

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8 December, 2015

Bill to Replace Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Act Introduced

The Substance Addiction (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Bill has been introduced to Parliament.

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8 December, 2015

$4m boost for colonoscopy services

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says an extra $4 million is being made available for DHB colonoscopy services.

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3 December, 2015

Minister launches Healthy Families Lower Hutt

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today officially launched Healthy Families Lower Hutt at the recently opened Walter Nash Centre.

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3 December, 2015

Southern DHB Commissioner’s term extended - deficit progress made

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Southern DHB Commissioner team is starting to turn around the deficit challenge, and their term will be extended as more time is needed to implement the work plan.

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2 December, 2015

Cancer nurse coordinators play key role

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says an evaluation of the cancer nurse coordinator initiative shows overwhelmingly positive feedback from patients and their families.

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1 December, 2015

Clinician joins Southern Partnership Group

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has announced that Dr Margaret Wilsher has been appointed to the Southern Partnership Group.

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30 November, 2015

Views sought on extra protections from sunbeds

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says public consultation on proposals for additional protection from the use of commercial sunbeds starts today.

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