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Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew has today announced that the Government has passed new regulations on hand-held high-power laser pointers.

“High-power laser pointers can cause eye injuries, even blindness, and skin burns. ACC accepts around 10 claims a year for these injuries,” says Mrs Goodhew.

“They can also cause temporary flash blindness, which poses a serious risk if the person affected is a pilot or in charge of a vehicle or equipment. The Civil Aviation Authority reports around 100 laser strike incidents on planes each year.

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Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew has today announced that a vaccine for rotavirus will be added to the National Immunisation Schedule.

“Rotavirus is a gastric infection which mainly affects children. It causes illness and diarrhoea that can lead to hospital admission. In severe cases, the infection can be fatal,” says Mrs Goodhew.

“It is estimated that by funding this vaccine up to 1200 hospital admissions could be avoided each year.

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Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew has today commended DHBs for their dedication to patient safety.

“The Quality and Safety Markers released today show progress is being made in the use of interventions and practices known to reduce patient harm caused through falls, healthcare associated infections and surgery,” says Mrs Goodhew.

“Baseline data was released in June 2013 by the Health Quality & Safety Commission, and this is the first quarterly report against those data.”

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Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew has today, on Safe Sleep Day, welcomed a decline in sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI).

“In 2012 there were 36 SUDI cases, down from 55 in 2008,” says Mrs Goodhew. The last decade has seen a significant decline in the rate of SUDI.

“Research has found the risk of SUDI can be decreased with safe sleep practices. This includes putting babies to sleep on their back, keeping bedding away from their face and making sure their rooms are smokefree.

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Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew has welcomed the launch of a new website that will make it easier for New Zealanders to find rest home information, including audit reports.

The website www.health.govt.nz/resthomes offers easy-to-access information on more than 650 aged care providers nationwide. This includes the types of rest home care, number of beds and length of time the provider is certified for.

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Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew has today announced details of how an additional $3.2 million will be used to support early diagnosis of dementia, and a framework that will guide DHBs on how best to support people with dementia.

“An early diagnosis means a person has more time to communicate their treatment preferences to their family and whānau,” says Mrs Goodhew.

“Early symptoms of dementia can include forgetfulness, struggling for words, changes in thinking or behaviour or difficulty in being able to look after yourself.

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Associate Minister of Health Jo Goodhew today welcomed the broadening of reporting of serious adverse events (SAEs) to include some private providers and other non-DHB organisations.

“It is encouraging to see non-DHB providers contributing data for the Health Quality & Safety Commission’s (HQSC) 2012/13 report,” says Mrs Goodhew.

“This is the first time the report has included incidents that have taken place outside DHB hospitals.

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The government is investing an extra $1.6 million into getting the healthy eating message out to Waitemata and Central Auckland’s hardest-to-reach new mums and their families.

Health Minister Tony Ryall says local community health groups and Waitemata and Auckland District Health Boards are working together to encourage families, who are not well linked into health services, to access antenatal, postnatal and infant healthcare.

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  • Tony Ryall
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Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew has welcomed the release of data which highlights the impact influenza can have, and the importance of getting vaccinated against it.

The data has been released by SHIVERS, the Southern Hemisphere Influenza and Vaccine Effectiveness Research and Surveillance. The New Zealand research is being led by the Institute of Environmental Science & Research and funded by the United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew heads for Washington DC today to attend the Commonwealth Fund’s 16th International Symposium on Health Care Policy.

“A major theme of the 2013 symposium is how different health systems are delivering high quality, integrated care for people with chronic conditions,” says Mrs Goodhew.

Along with a number of other health ministers from Europe and North America, Mrs Goodhew will participate in panels and policy roundtable events.

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Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew today announced details on how a $20 million funding boost will help older New Zealanders stay in their own homes longer.

“A review of district health boards supply contracts for home care support prices found considerable variation across the country,” says Mrs Goodhew.

“This additional funding will help address those differences by lifting the contract prices at those DHBs that were found to be paying below the national average.

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E aku Rangatira,  Tēnā koutou katoa,  Ka nui te honore ki te mihi ki a koutou       

Good morning, and thank you for inviting me to speak at your conference today. I would particularly like to thank Grainne (Moss) for extending the invitation to me, and for her kind introduction. I would also like to acknowledge your Chairman, Bryan Mogridge.

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Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew has today announced an extra $9 million to support rural general practices over the next four years.

"This new investment is on top of the $13 million a year already earmarked for rural general practice support. The objective is to help general practices better retain clinical staff and services,” says Mrs Goodhew. 

“This additional funding will take effect from 1 July 2014 when a new way of allocating rural funding will be rolled out.

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Patients will soon be able to provide more feedback on the care they receive in public hospitals, as part of the government’s drive to improve the quality of health services.

Health Minister Tony Ryall says a new national patient survey will be rolled out to all New Zealand public hospitals from mid next year and the results will be published regularly.

“Patient feedback is a vital indicator of how well health services are working for patients and their families,” says Mr Ryall.

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  • Tony Ryall
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Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew welcomes the second phase of the national patient safety campaign, Open for better care, which focuses on reducing harm from infections in patients following surgery.

“Reducing the number of Surgical Site Infections (SSIs) in our hospitals is a priority for patient safety”, says Mrs Goodhew.

“This campaign will support the Surgical Site Infection Improvement Programme (SSIIP), which was rolled out across the country earlier this year.”

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Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew has today congratulated MercyAscot Hospital in Auckland for becoming the first private provider to sign the national patient safety campaign, Open for better care.

“The Government is committed to making our health system safer and reducing harm to patients. This is why in May this year I launched the Open for better care campaign,” says Mrs Goodhew.

“The campaign challenges all health care workers to acknowledge mistakes and see them as an opportunity to learn, change and improve.

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The Government is investing $810,000 to support pregnant women and new mums to understand the importance of good nutrition and physical activity for their babies and for themselves.

Health Minister Tony Ryall says “recent international research evidence and advice from Professor Sir Peter Gluckman suggests that preconditions for overweight and obesity are set very early.

  • Jo Goodhew
  • Tony Ryall
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E aku Rangatira,  Tēnā koutou katoa,  Ka nui te honore ki te mihi ki a koutou       

Good afternoon everyone. It’s a pleasure to be able to speak to you today at this event to mark World Mental Health Day. And of course it’s also Mental Health Awareness Week.

I would like to thank Professor Max Abbott for inviting me to join you today.

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E aku rangatira, tēnā koutou katoa. Ka nui te honore ki te mihi ki a koutou.

Good afternoon. First I would like to acknowledge MercyAscot Managing Director Andrew Wong, chair Richard Fisher and CEO Geoff Sparkes, as well as Health and Quality and Safety Commission deputy chair Shelly Frost.

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‘Ensuring financially sustainable and efficient healthcare provision for all New Zealanders’

E aku rangatira, tēnā koutou katoa. Ka nui te honore ki te mihi ki a koutou.

Thank you Nevil for your introduction and greetings to everyone here today. 

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E aku rangatira, tēnā koutou katoa. Ka nui te honore ki te mihi ki a koutou.

Thank you, Iona, for your introduction and a warm welcome to you all. Today is International Day of Older Persons, a day to celebrate the value of older people, and I am delighted to be here sharing a part of this day with you.

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E aku rangatira, tēnā koutou katoa. Ka nui te honore ki te mihi ki a koutou.

Thank you for inviting me to join you this afternoon.  I am told that New Zealand hosted the first IPAC Conference in 2001 and played host again in 2006, with both held in Wellington.  Being a South Islander, I am pleased that this year’s Conference has moved south to Queenstown.

  • Jo Goodhew
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Associate Health Minsters Hon Jo Goodhew and Hon Todd McClay have welcomed today’s release of a report on serious adverse events in the mental health and addiction service sector.

The report, District health board mental health and addictions services: serious adverse events reported to the Health Quality and Safety Commission, looks at incidents of serious harm to patients of mental health and addictions services over the 2012/13 year.

DHBs reported 177 serious adverse events over the 12 month period, including 134 suspected suicides.

  • Todd McClay
  • Jo Goodhew
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An online resource to showcase new and innovative approaches to better care for older people has been launched today by Health Minister Tony Ryall and Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew.

Showcasing Aged-care Nursing features video and stories from nurses working in district health boards and aged care facilities, delivering quality care.

Launching the series at the New Zealand Nurses Organisation conference in Wellington, Mr Ryall commented on the increasing breadth of responsibilities nurses have across the health service.

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