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Issue: June 2018


Kotahi te Tīma - One Team is the Ministry of Health’s monthly online update with the latest news and information for stakeholders.


Dr Ashley Bloomfield begins term as new Director-General of Health

Dr Ashley Bloomfield has started as Director-General of Health and Chief Executive of the Ministry. He has previously worked at the Ministry in various leadership roles, including as Acting Deputy Director-General.

Dr Bloomfield trained in medicine and specialises in public health. He brings experience gained during his career in the health sector, which includes his most recent positions as Interim Chief Executive of Capital & Coast District Health Board and Chief Executive of Hutt Valley District Health Board.

Head to our website to hear from Dr Bloomfield.

You can read more about Dr Bloomfield’s appointment on the State Services Commission’s website.


Focus on Government and health system priorities

We’re changing the way we work to better deliver the Government's priorities of achieving equity, child wellbeing, mental health and primary health care.

We have established joint Ministry and sector co-leadership and governance arrangements to advance the Government’s priorities. These arrangements will also help us address other immediate issues facing the health system, including maternity care and midwifery, capital asset management, drinking-water regulation, electives and the development of a new DHB performance framework.

Find out more about the work programme.


Major review of the health and disability system announced

Minister of Health Dr David Clark has announced a review of New Zealand's health and disability system.

An interim report on the wide-ranging review of New Zealand’s health and disability system will be available by the end of July 2019 and a final report by 31 January 2020. It is being chaired by Heather Simpson.

Read Minister Clark’s announcement about the review and its terms of reference on the Beehive website: Major review of health system launched.


Peta Ruha welcomed as Principal Clinical Advisor in the Office of the Director of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Peta Ruha is a registered nurse and the Office of the Director of Mental Health and Addiction Services team’s new Principal Clinical Advisor. Peta has a specific focus on Māori mental health. She brings a wealth of experience and insight to the Ministry.

Peta has worked throughout the mental health sector in hospitals and primary health care settings and in specialties including drug addiction, youth mental health and suicide prevention.

She recently completed international leadership training at the University of California, Berkeley’s Goldman School of Social Policy within the Faculty of Social Work.


Latest news on our website

Clinical Chief Advisor for primary health care appointed

Chief Medical Officer Dr Andrew Simpson is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Juliet Rumball-Smith, the Ministry’s new Clinical Chief Advisor with a focus on primary health care.

Change of timing for improvements to the National Cervical Screening Programme

The Ministry has announced changes in timing for upcoming improvements to the National Cervical Screening Programme (NCSP).

Ministry welcomes WHO physical activity plan

The Ministry and Sport New Zealand welcome the release of the Global Action Plan on Physical Activity, developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to help increase the number of physically active people worldwide.

Nurse practitioners can now issue cremation certificates

New Zealand’s cremation regulations have been amended enabling nurse practitioners to complete cremation certification. The Ministry’s Chief Nursing Officer Dr Jill Clendon says the move shows how important nurse practitioners are to our health system.

Dunedin Hospital local advisory group making progress

Progress is being made by the Dunedin Hospital local advisory group on multiple fronts, including workforce accommodation and transport issues.



HISO 10048 Emergency Care Data Standard for public comment

The Ministry is calling for people to review and comment on SNOMED reference sets for consistent recording of chief presenting complaint, diagnosis and procedure information in emergency care.


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