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Issue: November 2018


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


Well Child Tamariki Ora Review

The Review will help the health system identify what’s working in Well Child Tamariki Ora, what we can improve and what needs to be changed. It’s being led by the Ministry, DHBs and Māori, with input from Well Child Tamariki Ora providers and other Government agencies.

The Review is an important tool to increase equity, as it will identify resource gaps within the current Well Child Tamariki Ora programme while giving children and their whānau more flexibility and choice. It’s expected the Review will be concluded by June 2020.

You can find out more about the review on the Ministry website: Well Child/Tamariki Ora review


Wai 2575 inquiry live-streamed online

Video of Director-General of Health, Dr Ashley Bloomfield, and other Ministry of Health staff at the Waitangi Tribunal Health Services and Outcomes Inquiry (Wai 2575) hearings is available on the Wai 2575 Health YouTube channel.

Wai 2575 is hearing historical and contemporary claims covering a range of issues relating to the health system, specific health services and outcomes, including health equity, primary care, disability services and Māori health providers. You can find out more about Wai 2575 on our website: Wai 2575 Health Services and Outcomes Kaupapa Inquiry


Extending access to primary care services from 1 December 2018

Several changes are set to take place to provide New Zealanders with greater access to primary care. The changes are part of Budget 2018 and include:

  • Extended access to low-cost GP visits for all Community Services Card (CSC) holders, including injury-related visits (ACC)
  • Extending CSC eligibility to all people receiving accommodation supplements or who are tenants in social housing
  • Extending zero-fee GP visits and exemption from the standard prescription co-payment charge (usually $5 per item) on subsidised prescription items for children under the age of 14. This includes after-hours services and injury-related visits (ACC).

General practices and PHOs are making some changes to business processes to prepare for the new initiatives. To support them during the implementation process, the Ministry is publishing regular bulletins. The bulletins are available on the Ministry of Health website: Bulletin updates for extending access to primary care services

Please refer to the bulletin updates for contact information if you have any queries or need more information about the extended access to primary care services. Alternatively, you can email: primary_care@moh.govt.nz.


Latest news on our website

Highlighting the dangers of purchasing medicines online

Increased vigilance needed for meningococcal disease

Interim STI notification system rolled out today

Mandatory alcohol labelling set to help address fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD)

National Bowel Screening Programme welcomes Hawke’s Bay DHB on board

NZ Formulary proving popular

Sexual health survey reinforces importance of condom use

Understanding health equity – why it matters


Latest publications and resources

Annual Report for the year ended 30 June 2018

Infection Prevention & Control and Management of Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE)

Code of Practice for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology

Fetal and Infant Deaths 2015

Ministry of Health Output Plan 2018/19

Publicly funded hospital discharges – 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016

Privately funded hospital discharges – 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016

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


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Contact details

Ministry of Health - Manatū Hauora
133 Molesworth Street
Thorndon, Wellington, 6011
New Zealand.

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