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Report highlights successes of Healthy Families NZ initiative

The Ministry of Health welcomes the recently-published Healthy Families NZ Summative Evaluation Report that highlights what’s working well and where change is needed to make the Healthy Families NZ initiative more effective and more equitable.

Health warning issued for the Uretara River in Katikati

A health warning has been issued for the Uretara River in Katikati as monitoring results have shown persistently high levels of bacteria that may cause illness.

Meningococcal disease case confirmed as MenW strain

Tests have confirmed that the patient admitted to Palmerston North Hospital this week with meningococcal disease has contracted the MenW strain.

OECD report adds to growing body of evidence

With the Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry report having only freshly landed in Government’s in-tray, the OECD report Mental Health and Work: New Zealand has followed shortly behind, adding to the growing body of evidence for change in the way the mental health system responds to people exper

The eyes have it in endoscopy

Endoscopy nurses provide a second pair of eyes during medical scoping procedures.

New collaborative Opthalmology Project announced

The Ministry of Health is today announcing a new year-long project aimed at reducing waiting times and improving care for people with eye conditions.

Adverse reaction to antidepressant not caused by medicine safety concern - MAAC

Two separate Ministerial Expert Advisory Groups have concluded that a rise in adverse reaction reporting to a commonly prescribed antidepressant is not caused by medicine safety or quality concerns.

New guidelines for better healthcare for transgender people

Health professionals and transgender advocates from around the country have created a new set of guidelines: Gender Affirming Healthcare for Gender Diverse and Transgender Children, Young People and Adults in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Call for pandemic research fund as living memorial to 1918 flu victims

Professors from the Department of Public Health at the University of Otago, Wellington are calling on the government to set up a research fund to help prevent pandemics and increase New Zealand’s preparedness to deal with such disasters.

Prestigious fellowship awarded to BoP DHB recipient for 4th time in 6 yrs

For an unprecedented fourth time in six years the New Zealand recipient of a prestigious award has come from the Bay of Plenty District Health Board (BOPDHB).