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Issue: September 2018


I tautokotia e mātou, te Manatū Hauora, i te wiki o te reo Māori. "Kia kaha te reo Māori" te kaupapa mō tēnei tau. He kaupapa rangatira tēnei, he kaupapa whakahirahira hoki. He mauri te reo Māori nō Aotearoa māu, mā tatou katoa. Ahakoa iti, ākona, kōrerotia.

The Ministry of Health is proud to support Māori Language Week. ‘Kia kaha te reo Māori’ – make Māori language strong - is the theme this year. This is important for us all.

So let’s work as one team, kotahi te tīma, to make te reo Māori strong.


Report on Counties Manukau DHB’s financial and governance practices

Director-General Dr Ashley Bloomfield has released a report about a number of the pre-2017 management and governance decisions made by Counties Manukau DHB. Dr Bloomfield has written to all DHB chairs and chief executives about the important lessons raised in the report:


Air ambulance helicopter service procurement update

A new air ambulance helicopter service for New Zealand is a step closer, with formal negotiations under way with three preferred tenderers covering Northern, Central and Southern regions. The National Air Ambulance Sector Office (NASO), jointly managed by the Ministry and ACC, will make further announcements from late September. Sector leaders discuss service improvements in this short video.


Addressing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

On Monday 24 September (10 am to 1 pm), we are hosting a seminar for parents, caregivers, government agencies and key stakeholders on FASD practices. Please register your interest by email.

On 9 September, International FASD Awareness Day, we launched the FASD web pages, updating progress on implementing the cross-agency Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder 2016–2019 Action Plan.


Seeking feedback on Family and Whānau Violence Legislation Bill guidance

The Ministry of Justice is seeking feedback on its guidance on the Family and Whānau Violence Legislation Bill. The deadline for feedback is Friday 21 September 2018.

The Bill seeks to reduce family and whānau violence by strengthening information collection and sharing among family violence agencies, including the Ministry and DHBs.


Latest news on our website

Statement on Privacy Commissioner finding on Procare

Ministry welcomes WHO findings about international physical activity trends

Staff for the new disability support system begin training in preparation for the launch

Deloitte Review of the National Oracle Solution programme and Audit NZ Review of the engagement of consultants for the Deloitte review

Consultation on information sharing guidance for the family violence sector

Safe staffing and healthy workplaces a Ministry priority



Draft National Ethical Standards for Health and Disability Research: Consultation document (submissions close 20 September 2018)

Strategy to Prevent and Minimise Gambling Harm 2019/20 to 2021/22: Consultation document (submissions close 21 September 2018)


Latest publications and resources

Te Ao Auahatanga Hauora Māori: Māori Health Innovation Fund – Analysis of Te Kākano Seeding Innovation 2013-17

Prescribing Controlled Drugs in Addiction Treatment 2018: Guidance for nurse practitioners, designated prescriber nurses and designated prescriber pharmacists

Evaluation of the Implementation of the Varicella Vaccine Introduction

Child Abuse and Neglect Intervention Flowchart

Child Abuse and Neglect Guide: Identification and intervention

Child Abuse and Neglect Guide: Health and risk assessment

Partner Abuse Assessment and Response Flowchart

Intimate Partner Violence Guide: Routine enquiry and intervention

Diagnosis and Treatment of Hypertension and Pre-eclampsia in Pregnancy in New Zealand: A clinical practice guideline

Intimate Partner Violence: Health and risk assessment

National Maternity Monitoring Group Annual Report 2017

Technical Guidelines for Tuberculin Skin Test

Prescriber Update – Medsafe's newsletter about medicine and medical device safety


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