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The Ministry of Health aims to ensure that the health and disability system works for all New Zealanders. We have eight key responsibilities. These are to: provide policy advice on improving health outcomes, reducing inequalities and increasing participation act as the Minister's agent monitor performance of DHBs and health sector Crown entities implement, administer and enforce relevant legislation and regulations provide health information and process payments facilitate collaboration and co-ordination within and across the sectors provide nationwide planning and maintenance of service agreements plan and fund public health, disability support services and other service areas retained centrally. 

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Tuesday, 8 March 2011
Now's the time to get your 'flu' vaccination Seasonal influenza (‘flu’) vaccine has arrived in New Zealand surgeries and Bonnie Leung (22) made sure she was one of the first to be vaccinated at the National Influenza Strategy Group’s (NISG) official launch in Auckland today. 664 views

Thursday, 17 February 2011
Suspension of Avandia (rosiglitazone) from New Zealand market Diabetes medicine rosiglitazone will be withdrawn from the New Zealand market on 29 April 2011 after a safety review found an elevated risk of cardiovascular events in patients treated with this medicine. 570 views

Wednesday, 15 December 2010
Ministry of Health recalls toxic lipsticks for kids he Ministry of Health has requested the voluntary recall of four brands of lipstick for children, which have been found to contain low levels of lead and barium. 512 views

Disabled man ordered to repay $10 a week defrauded from Ministry of Health A disabled man from Canterbury has been sentenced to six months home detention and ordered to repay $5,000 to the Ministry of Health at the rate of $10 a week after forging documents to claim caregiver support payments. 255 views

Friday, 19 November 2010
Man convicted for operating as an unqualified chiropractor The Manukau District Court today ordered Kevin John Burlace to pay almost $5000 in fines, reparations and costs for performing an activity which can only be carried out by a registered health practitioner. 285 views

Wednesday, 3 November 2010
Former Auckland GP Dr Hong Sheng Kong sentenced for fraud offences An Auckland GP Dr Hong Sheng Kong was sentenced this afternoon in the Auckland District Court to 12 months home detention and 400 hours community service after pleading guilty to *16 counts of fraud. 652 views

Friday, 29 October 2010
Ministry of Health Commends Providers Selected For Whānau Ora Collectives 271 views

Saturday, 16 October 2010
NZ takes part in 3rd online global operation against illegal and counterfeit medicines New Zealand and over 40 other countries recently took part in an international week of action targeting the online sale of counterfeit and illegal medicines, resulting in arrests across the globe and the seizure of thousands of potentially harmful medicines. 325 views

Thursday, 7 October 2010
Pandemic Influenza H1N1 2009 (swine flu) - Update 211 Overall influenza activity continued its steady drop below the baseline for the third consecutive week. 398 views

Wednesday, 6 October 2010
Continuity of Disability Support Services Maintained The Ministry of Health says the statutory management of IDEA Services Ltd is a pragmatic solution to ensure there is no disruption to disability support services for a significant portion of the 7,000 people in community residential services. 205 views

Friday, 24 September 2010
NZ preschoolers can get along well with others Most New Zealand preschoolers are well-adjusted, and few have difficulties with their emotions, behaviour, or concentration, or in getting along with others, data from the B4 School Checks initiative show. 203 views

Pandemic Influenza H1N1 2009 (swine flu) - Update 209 Overall influenza H1N1 activity, which has been decreasing since the last week of August, has dropped below the baseline in the past week. 505 views

Thursday, 16 September 2010
Pandemic Influenza H1N1 2009 (swine flu) - Update 208 Influenza H1N1 activity in the community, including influenza related calls to Healthline, continues to fall. 466 views

Tuesday, 7 September 2010
Pandemic Influenza H1N1 2009 (swine flu) - Update 206 Influenza H1N1 activity reports are continuing to show a decline. 306 views

Friday, 27 August 2010
Pandemic Influenza H1N1 2009 (swine flu) - Update 203 Influenza H1N1 activity is continuing across the country, with variable rates of infection according to geographic region. 383 views

Thursday, 26 August 2010
Unequal Impact of Cancer Rates For ten years to 2006, Māori mortality rates for cervical cancer fell by 11% per year. 274 views

Tuesday, 24 August 2010
Pandemic Influenza H1N1 2009 (swine flu) - Update 202 Influenza H1N1 activity is continuing to increase with some areas reporting higher hospitalisation rates than experienced during last year's pandemic. 289 views

Thursday, 19 August 2010
Pandemic Influenza H1N1 2009 (swine flu) - Update 201 Influenza H1N1 activity is continuing to increase, and the Ministry of Health is now providing twice-weekly updates. 359 views

Wednesday, 11 August 2010
Swine Flu Still Here The Ministry of Health is reminding people that New Zealand is still seeing a significant level of pandemic influenza even though the World Health Organization (WHO) has announced the world is now in the post-pandemic phase, Deputy Director of Public Health Darren Hunt said today. 238 views

Saturday, 7 August 2010
South Island Neurological Services Expert Panel - Terms Of Reference Released Ministry of Health acting Director General Andrew Bridgman, today released the terms of reference for the expert panel to make recommendations on the future configuration of South Island Neurosurgery. 336 views

Friday, 30 July 2010
Pandemic Influenza H1N1 2009 (swine flu) – Update 197 Influenza activity is beginning to increase significantly. 458 views

Friday, 23 July 2010
Pandemic Influenza H1N1 2009 (swine flu) – Update 196 Increasing influenza activity, Influenza activity continues to increase. 351 views

Ministry of Health Appoints Chief Nurse Deputy Director-General of Sector Capability and Implementation, Margie Apa, today announced the appointment of Dr Jane O’Malley to the position of chief nurse for the Ministry of Health. 336 views

Medsafe announces date to introduce sales restrictions on some cough and cold medicines for children   From 1 May next year cough and cold medicines for children under 12 years of age containing dextromethorphan and phenylephrine will only be sold in pharmacies. 431 views

Saturday, 17 July 2010
Pandemic Influenza H1N1 2009 (swine flu) - Update 195 A second death of a 51 year old male linked to pandemic influenza (swine flu) has been reported to the Ministry of Health. 292 views

Wednesday, 14 July 2010
Hep C Contact Update - July 2010 More than half of the 56 New Zealand women at risk of hepatitis C following treatment at a private Australian medical clinic have been contacted and tested. 232 views

Thursday, 1 July 2010
Emergency department stay times get virtual boost Faster emergency department treatment will be one of the hot topics in a new web-based portal launched today ( 333 views

Thursday, 24 June 2010
Ministry of Health to offer support service for former sawmill workers exposed to PCP Today [23 June 2010] the Ministry of Health released a report on a proposed special support service for former sawmill workers who were exposed to pentachlorophenol (PCP), a timber preservative used in the 1950s to 1980s. 420 views

Wednesday, 16 June 2010
Hep C Contact Update Calls to Healthline are tailing off for women at risk of hepatitis C following treatment at a private medical clinic in Australia. 210 views

Saturday, 5 June 2010
Update on efforts to contact 55 women at risk of Hepatitis C New Zealand and Australian health authorities are working closely to contact 55 New Zealand women who may be at risk of having contracted Hepatitis C after having visited Croydon Day Surgery in Melbourne between 1 January 2006 and 7 December 2009. 228 views

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