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Issue: July 2019


Ministry of Health resources highlight the need to make equity a reality, not just rhetoric

Director-General of Health, Dr Ashley Bloomfield, discusses how achieving more equitable health for all New Zealanders requires us to commission work with equity at front of mind, in a newly-released video.

“‘Equity’ is quite a refined term. We might know what it means, we might have a definition. However, what we should do is think about what it means for citizens, for New Zealanders, because everyone has the right to good health," says Dr Bloomfield.

A new Ministry publication – Achieving Equity in Health Outcomes: Summary of a Discovery Process - will help achieve equity by underscoring the importance of commissioning work through the 'equity lens'. This will benefit all New Zealanders.

You can read more about achieving equity on the Ministry website.


Mental health and addiction regional workshops set the scene

The Ministry’s Mental Health and Addiction directorate, led by Robyn Shearer, held five initial workshops in late-July on the Government’s major Budget 2019 initiative: expanding access to and choice of primary mental health and addiction support and services.

Minister of Health, Dr David Clark, has attended workshops and conveyed his vision and expectations to people from district health boards, primary health organisations, NGOs, community and kaupapa Māori providers, as well as people representing lived experience voices.

“The workshops have been a fantastic chance to get us all connected on what we can move quickly on now and roll-out in the future to improve New Zealanders’ wellbeing,” says Robyn Shearer.

“In the coming months, we’ll be calling for expressions of interest from people wanting to play a part in the new services. As part of this, we’ll be looking for new options, such as digital and web-based therapies, youth ‘one-stop shops’, kaupapa Māori services, and grassroots organisations not traditionally funded, but working with people in their communities.

“There’s a strong expectation that the sector collaborates with and reflects the needs of people who have experienced mental health and addiction challenges, in the new services which are created. The Ministry recognises that we need to help support the sector to make this change,” Robyn says.

You can stay up-to-date with mental health and addiction work by subscribing to our new dedicated email update.


Developing a new Māori Health Action Plan

“He manako te koura e kore ai.”

He Korowai Oranga: Māori Health Strategy sets the overarching framework to guide Government and the health and disability sector to achieve the best health outcomes for Māori. He Korowai Oranga was refreshed in 2014 with the new direction of pae ora (healthy futures), and continues to provide a strong platform for Māori health for the future.

To support and further embed He Korowai Oranga, the Ministry of Health is developing a new Māori Health Action Plan. This is a chance to strengthen the health and disability system’s focus to better respond to Māori. The vision for He Korowai Oranga is to achieve pae ora – healthy futures, which includes three interconnected elements: mauri ora (healthy individuals), whānau ora (healthy families), and wai ora (healthy environments). This vision will be achieved by creating a cultural and system shift that enables partnership with and participation from Māori at all levels of the health and disability system.

The new Action Plan will be developed through engagement with Māori communities and the health and disability sector. This will shape priorities and actions included in the final Action Plan. The Ministry is currently finalising details of engagement that will take place around the country in the second half of August. There will also be the ability to give feedback via an online survey and written submissions.

The online Māori Health Action Plan hub will go-live on the Ministry website in early August. Please visit He Korowai Oranga to find out more.


Medicinal Cannabis Scheme consultation open now

Consultation is under way on proposals for making regulations on the Medicinal Cannabis Scheme, open until 5 pm on Wednesday 7 August.

We’re calling for submissions from individuals or groups with interest in the subject, including industry, health care professionals, and consumers. Guidance documents and the consultation feedback tool can be found on the Ministry website:

Face-to-face information sharing sessions are being held in the main centres. The Auckland sessions were held on 22 and 23 July. However, there’s still opportunities to register for the upcoming meetings in Christchurch and Wellington. Information about dates, venues and registration is available on the Ministry's website:

Auckland sessions were recorded and videos will also be available shortly on our website for people who are unable to attend sessions in person.

Proposals will be prepared for the Government once consultation closes, taking into account feedback received. Regulations will be made by 18 December 2019 while the Medicinal Cannabis Scheme will be in place in the first quarter of 2020.


Applications open for 2020-21 Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice

Applications are invited for 2020-21 Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice by co-sponsors the Ministry of Health and The Commonwealth Fund.

Promising mid-career professionals such as academic researchers, clinical leaders, health care system managers, journalists, and government policymakers, are invited to apply for this unique opportunity to spend 10 months with experts at organisations such as Harvard University, Stanford University, Kaiser Permanent and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. The aim is to produce the next generation of health policy leaders.

Each New Zealand Harkness Fellowship provides support of up to US$113,000, which covers airfares, living allowance, project-related travel and travel to fellowship seminars, health insurance and US federal and state taxes. There's also assistance for whānau to travel. Applications from New Zealand close on October 7 2019.

Visit the Harkness Fellowship website to find out more.


Review set to enhance Well Child Tamariki Ora

The engagement phase of the review of the Well Child Tamariki Ora programme is under way, giving all New Zealanders the opportunity to enhance the Well Child Tamariki Ora programme of universal health services and checks for tamariki aged 0-5.

The Review is enabling us to look at what's working well within the Well Child Tamariki Ora programme and work together to improve it. This will make our health system more equitable and help realise the Government's vision that Aotearoa New Zealand is the best place in the world to be a child.

Please have your say via the online survey. Read more about the Well Child Tamariki Ora Review.


Latest news on our website

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Applications open for 2020-21 Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice

Forums planned to hear from New Zealanders affected by surgical mesh

Information sessions on Medicinal Cannabis Scheme

Medsafe consults on plans to include allergens on labelling

New Zealand Health Survey seeks feedback

Publication of Annual Report on Drinking-water quality

Strategy to Prevent and Minimise Gambling Harm gets funding boost

Strong interest in surgical mesh forums


Latest publications and resources

Health Impacts of PM10 from Unsealed Roads in Northland

HISO 10049.2:2019 Videoconferencing Endpoint Naming Scheme

Implementation of New Regulatory Controls on High-power Laser Pointers: Year 5

New Zealand Maternity Clinical Indicators 2017

Suicide Facts: 2016 data (provisional)



Medicinal Cannabis Scheme consultation (closes 7 August 2019)

Proposed warning statements for substances (eg, allergens) in medicines that may cause undesirable reactions (closes 8 August 2019)

Changes to the prescribing restrictions for riluzole (closes 9 August 2019)

Code of Practice for the Security of Radioactive material: Draft for Consultation (closes 16 August 2019)

Well Child Tamariki Ora Review online feedback (closes 30 August 2019)

HISO 10050.2:2019 Maternity Care Summary Standard – Draft for public comment (closes 3 September 2019)


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