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Issue: May 2019


Kotahi te Tīma: keeping stakeholders up-to-date for over a year

When stakeholders told us they wanted to know more about the Ministry’s work programme and priorities we launched Kotahi te Tīma in May 2018, with the spirit of keeping connected and working together at its core. This is why we called our update Kotahi te Tīma: ‘one team’.

Over the past year we’ve highlighted a diverse range of Ministry programmes and projects, each improving the health and wellbeing of Kiwis and helping make our health system more equitable. We’ve also explained how our work programme is helping achieve the Government’s health priorities of improving access to primary care, mental health and child wellbeing.

Keeping Kotahi te Tīma relevant to subscribers is key and we value the insightful feedback we receive from you. So please email and let us know your thoughts about Kotahi te Tīma – what’s working well and what we could improve.


Deadline of 1 July nears for Children's Act worker safety checks

The Children’s Act 2014 (formerly the Vulnerable Children Act 2014) sets requirements for all ‘children’s workers’ to pass an appropriate check of their suitability to work with children and young people aged under 18.

Anyone who is a children’s worker who has not already been checked will need to have passed a check by the legislated deadline of 1 July 2019. Those employing or engaging children’s workers are responsible for making sure their staff have passed the appropriate checks.

There’s more information on our website including about who needs to be checked and third-party safety checking providers:


Changes to the way Aotearoa New Zealand responds to family violence, child abuse and neglect

Also on 1 July 2019 significant changes come into effect about the way we respond to family violence, child abuse and neglect. The changes are set to achieve better outcomes for families, whānau, children and young people in care, and include:

  • a new information sharing scheme introduced by the Family Violence Act 2018
  • a new information sharing scheme introduced by sections 65A to 66D of the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989
  • practice changes for children and young people in care and/or in the youth justice system introduced by the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989 and the Oranga Tamariki (National Care Standards and Related Matters) Regulations 2018.

These regulatory frameworks contribute to modernising Aotearoa New Zealand's response and promote cross-agency collaboration.

The Ministry of Justice and Oranga Tamariki will publish guidance documents in June to support the introduction of the new information sharing schemes. Training packages will also be available, and the health sector has contributed to developing these. The Ministry of Health is also developing health sector-specific guidance in conjunction with the wider health sector, which will be published on the Ministry website before 1 July.


Pilot enables Kiwis to visit key wellbeing websites without using mobile data

The Ministry of Health has partnered with the Health Promotion Agency and WellSouth Primary Health Network to ‘zero-rate’ key health and wellbeing websites during the three-month ‘No credit, no worries’ pilot, meaning people won’t use mobile data when visiting these sites up until 31 July.

Spark, Vodafone, 2degrees and Skinny users can visit mental wellbeing websites, including depression.org.nz and choicenotchance.org.nz, while Southland users can also schedule appointments at their general practice and view their medical records online, via the zero-rated ManageMyHealth and ConnectMed.

‘No credit, no worries’ is reducing the cost-barrier that stops some people getting prompt health care when they need it, helping improve equity. The Ministry will analyse the information and data yielded during the pilot to determine how similar programmes could be rolled-out permanently.


Ministry of Health procurement team reigns supreme at New Zealand Procurement Excellence Awards

The Ministry’s National Air Ambulance procurement team has taken out the Supreme and Most Effective Teaming awards at this year’s Procurement Excellence Awards, recognising the significant work under way to transform Aotearoa New Zealand's air ambulance helicopter service, so it’s nationally integrated and coordinated.

The Supreme Award celebrates teams who are pooling their expertise and knowledge to achieve exceptional results, while the Most Effective Teaming Award showcases multi-disciplinary teams that are successfully collaborating on procurement, internally or with external organisations.

The awards reflect the Ministry’s collaborative procurement approach in partnership with ACC, working to improve health outcomes for all New Zealanders by harnessing collective knowledge and expertise.


Volunteer Award nominations open now

There’s still time to nominate a worthy person or team for a 2019 Minister of Health Volunteer Award, which will be presented at Parliament during National Volunteer Week (16–22 June).

Nominations are open until Thursday 30 May. Head to the Volunteer Awards section of our website to submit nominations and to find out more about award categories and criteria. Alternatively, you can get in touch by email: volunteerawards@health.govt.nz


Have your say about our country’s contribution to UN sustainable development goals

The Ministry of Health contributed to a report on the United Nation’s sustainable development goals, highlighting the priority Aotearoa New Zealand attaches to sustainable wellbeing. The draft report is on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (MFAT) website, as MFAT is leading this cross-agency work.

MFAT invites you to review the draft report and give feedback about this important document. Be sure to have your say by 5pm Sunday 26 May. The report will be submitted to the UN on 14 June 2019 and presented at the UN in New York on 17 July 2019.



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