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Issue: August 2018


Kotahi te Tīma is our monthly update for stakeholders covering the Ministry of Health’s work programme, latest news and resources.


Equity: it’s at the heart of everything we do

We recently had the privilege of welcoming Dr Camara Jones to speak about how better health outcomes can be achieved for everyone by shining ‘the bright light of equity’.

Dr Jones is an American doctor whose work is focused on naming, measuring and addressing the impact of racism and inequity on health. Her thought-provoking discussion highlighted the importance of improving equity, a key part of our work programme, and of working together as one sector, one team: kotahi te tīma.

As we mentioned in our June issue, we are working with the sector to deliver the Government's priorities of:

  • achieving equity
  • child wellbeing
  • mental health
  • primary health care.

Achieving equity will help us make significant gains in these other priorities.

Find out more about our work programme.

The Ministry sponsored Dr Jones to speak at the recent Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners’ Annual Conference before she visited our office. Dr Jones had worked in the Ministry’s Te Kete Hauora team in 1999 and many staff were grateful for the opportunity to catch-up.


Stroke campaign focuses on Māori and Pacific peoples

It’s in the spirit of collaboration that we’ve worked with the Health Promotion Agency and Stroke Foundation to develop the 2018 FAST stroke awareness campaign.

Last year’s campaign significantly increased awareness of stroke symptoms. However, this increase was less marked among Māori and Pacific peoples. The 2018 campaign has a specific focus on Māori and Pacific populations, while continuing to raise awareness among all New Zealanders. This shows the Ministry effectively working with our partners to increase health equity.


Health and Independence Report 2017 highlights positives as well as areas for improvement in health outcomes

The Health and Independence Report 2017 has been recognised in international medical journal The Lancet which notes: ‘the report references Te Whare Tapa Whā, a Māori philosophy towards health based on a holistic model of health and wellbeing, and acknowledges the role of social determinants and environmental factors to sustain both good and poor health’.

The report presents a high-level overview of New Zealanders’ health. It is a useful resource for the Ministry and health sector planning to improve health outcomes. It will be particularly useful as the Ministry advances the Ministry’s work programmes of achieving equity, primary health care, child wellbeing and mental health.


Ministry welcomes independent review of National Bowel Screening Programme

The Ministry has welcomed an independent review endorsing the continued roll-out of National Bowel Screening Programme, with some improvements.

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Latest news on our website

National health targets – data release and development of new measures

Medsafe releases its updated Adverse EventReports Relating to Surgical Mesh Implants

New online BMI calculator developed by Ministry

Dunedin Hospital project master site planning begins

Directors announced for the Disability Support System in MidCentral

Recent South Island measles outbreak over

Ministry statement on the investigation into MMR vaccine safety in Samoa

Ministry welcomes Counties Manukau to the National Bowel Screening Programme



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

Posthumous Reproduction: A review of the current Guidelines for the Storage, Use, and Disposal of Sperm from a Deceased Man to take into account gametes and embryos (submissions close 3 September)

Proposed changes to the National Health Index (NHI) system and HISO 10046, the Consumer Health Identity Standard (submissions close 22 August)

Update to the Guideline on the Regulation of Therapeutic Products – Part 11: Clinical trials (submissions close 10 August) )


Latest publications and resources

New Zealand National Gambling Study: Wave 4 (2015)

New Zealand Autism Spectrum Disorder Guideline supplementary paper on the impact of ethnicity on recognition, diagnosis, education, treatment and support for people on the autism spectrum

Healthy Homes Initiative – Auckland Co-design: testing ideas to make homes warmer and drier: Report on stage two

Healthy Homes Initiative – Auckland Co-design: testing ideas to make homes warmer and drier: Report on stage one

Healthy Homes Initiative Evaluation: Final Report

Mental Health and Addiction: Service Use 2015/16

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


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