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President Dr Hein Stander, members of the ASMS.

It’s great to be here today to address your conference.

The last six weeks have been the busiest of my ministerial career.

There’s been plenty of travel – many of you may be aware that I am trying to get around all the DHBs by Christmas.

Fifteen down - five more to go.

It’s been great reconnecting with old med school classmates and former colleagues.

Get your bingo cards ready…

I attended Auckland med school.

  • Jonathan Coleman
  • Health

Thank you to Liz Schoff, HiNZ Board Chair, for the invitation to speak to you all today.

This conference has had a 30 percent increase in attendance since last year, which highlights the increasing importance of health informatics and the broader topic of eHealth.

It’s pleasing to see that Clinicians Challenge has attracted a record 79 entries. This shows clinicians recognise the importance of using technology to improve clinical practice and lift outcomes for patients.

  • Jonathan Coleman
  • Health

Thank you for inviting me to open the New Zealand Blood Service’s new Christchurch Blood Centre.

I am pleased that one of my first acts as the new Minister of Health is to open a facility that will be part of Christchurch’s recovery from the devastation caused by the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes.

The redevelopment of Christchurch remains a priority for the Government. 

In particular, the Government is committed to re-establishing high quality health facilities, such as this new Christchurch Blood Centre. 

  • Jonathan Coleman
  • Health

Thank you for inviting me to speak with you at this conference.

I am really looking forward to the challenges of the health portfolio.

Prior to politics I worked in general practice and spent a bit of time in EDs earlier in my career.

I’m pleased to be here today to hear your views, and look at how together we can make the best use of resources, people, facilities and funding.

It is vital that patients are at the centre of our health system, and receive the healthcare they need.

  • Jonathan Coleman
  • Health