Wednesday, 17 April 2013
Update on Avian Influenza
The World Health Organization currently considers the risk of international spread of Avian Influenza A(H7N9) low but New Zealand’s health system is ready to respond should that change, Health Minister Tony Ryall says.
Saturday, 9 February 2013
Care assessments improving rest home care
Health Minister Tony Ryall visited Malyon House in Mount Maunganui today to see first-hand a government initiative to help nurses provide better care for older people in rest homes.
Tuesday, 5 February 2013
Redevelopment Group visits West Coast Hospitals
Fast tracking the rebuild of Grey Base Hospital in Greymouth is now underway with the inaugural meeting of the West Coast Hospital Redevelopment Group at the hospital last week says Health Minister Tony Ryall.
Thousands benefiting from new medicines
Health Minister Tony Ryall visited the newly reopened St Martins Pharmacy in Christchurch today where he announced over 45,000 New Zealanders have benefited from new and more accessible medicines in the past six months.
Monday, 4 February 2013
Minister thanks clinicians on World Cancer Day
On World Cancer Day, Health Minister Tony Ryall would like to thank health professionals for their hard work and commitment to providing New Zealanders with better and faster cancer services.
Thursday, 31 January 2013
Kiwis spending less time waiting in EDs
New Zealanders are spending less time waiting in hospital emergency departments (EDs), allowing them to receive treatment faster and return home sooner.
Tuesday, 29 January 2013
More funding for cochlear implants
The number of adults receiving cochlear implants for severe or profound hearing loss is to triple this financial year thanks to an additional $2.6 million of one-off funding.
Thursday, 24 January 2013
Roll out of $10 million for school kids' preventative health
Health Minister Tony Ryall says 22 decile 3 secondary schools will be providing new school based health services this term.
Thursday, 17 January 2013
Healthline helping more Kiwis sooner
More New Zealanders are using the free 24-hour health advice phone line, with nearly 400,000 Healthline calls answered last year – 40 per cent more calls than four years ago.
Minister extends condolences to families
Bay of Plenty MP and Health Minister Tony Ryall has expressed his sympathy to the family of Brian and Grace Johnston who were killed in a bus accident in Kenya this week.
Wednesday, 16 January 2013
Better stroke care for Bay of Plenty residents
Health Minister Tony Ryall welcomes the news that a dedicated stroke unit is opening at Tauranga Hospital next week.
Tuesday, 15 January 2013
More investment in protecting children from rheumatic fever
Nearly three thousand more children most vulnerable to rheumatic fever will join the Government’s battle against the third world disease when they start back at school this term.
Wednesday, 9 January 2013
More smokers getting support to quit
Health Minister Tony Ryall welcomes the news that over 2,000 people have signed up with Quitline in the first week of January and urges other smokers to contact Quitline for support to quit smoking.
Wednesday, 19 December 2012
Action to progress Grey Base Hospital Redevelopment
Health Minister Tony Ryall has today announced the Government is moving to fast track plans to rebuild Grey Base Hospital in Greymouth.
Friday, 14 December 2012
Primary care making gains in preventive health targets
Health Minister Tony Ryall says general practices, supported by Primary Health Organisations (PHOs), are making good progress in the three national preventive health targets.
Thursday, 13 December 2012
Better services for people with diabetes
More people with diabetes will soon find it easier to get the medication they need – by seeing a diabetes nurse specialist for their usual prescription, instead of the doctor.
New web tool makes accessing local health information easier
Accessing health information in your region is now easier following the launch of new health web tool, My DHB, says Health Minister Tony Ryall.
Wednesday, 12 December 2012
Free whooping cough immunisation for more pregnant women
A free whooping cough vaccine will be available to all pregnant women from 1 January 2013 to help protect their new-born babies from this serious disease.
Friday, 7 December 2012
Minister announces new SOE board appointments
State Owned Enterprises Minister Tony Ryall today announced two new director appointments to Airways Corporation and three to Solid Energy New Zealand Ltd.
New Appointment to PHARMAC
Health Minister Tony Ryall today announced Dr Jan White has been appointed as a member of the Pharmaceutical Management Agency (PHARMAC) board.
Tuesday, 4 December 2012
New blood service centre in Christchurch
Health Minister Tony Ryall today announced the New Zealand Blood Service, in partnership with Ngāi Tahu Property, will build a new blood donor and laboratory centre in Christchurch.
Monday, 3 December 2012
Patient travel scheme supporting more Kiwis
Thursday, 29 November 2012
Keeping New Zealanders healthier at home
The National-led Government is making it easier for disabled and older New Zealanders to live independently at home longer by increasing home and community support services.
Wednesday, 28 November 2012
New immunisation target on track
General practice and district health boards are well on track to achieve the Government’s Better Public Services immunisation target, says Health Minister Tony Ryall.
Tuesday, 27 November 2012
Great progress on new national health targets
The latest national health target results, released today, show district health boards (DHBs) have made great progress on the new increased immunisation and shorter waits for cancer treatment targets.
Friday, 23 November 2012
Government approves new multi-million dollar North Shore mental health unit
The National Government has approved a new $25 million inpatient mental health unit at North Shore Hospital.
Tuesday, 13 November 2012
National programme to improve endoscopy services
Health Minister Tony Ryall has announced $1.8 million is being invested over two years for the national roll out of a programme to improve endoscopy services.
Monday, 12 November 2012
Health Minister to speak in Washington DC
Health Minister Tony Ryall heads for Washington DC and New York tomorrow.
Friday, 9 November 2012
Innovative IT solutions to improve health services
Health Minister Tony Ryall is pleased to announce Dr Jo Scott-Jones, a GP from Opotiki and chair of the rural GP network, has won this year’s Clinicians’ Challenge with his entry to improve the delivery of health care in a rural environment.
Thursday, 8 November 2012
SOE board appointments
State Owned Enterprises Minister Tony Ryall today announced four new appointments and 13 reappointments across seven SOEs and two airport companies.