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Issue: April 2019


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


Better health starts with warmer, drier homes this winter

The days are definitely getting shorter and the nights cooler as we head into winter.

It’s vital homes around Aotearoa New Zealand are kept warm and dry over the cooler months, to help prevent illnesses, including rheumatic fever.

Making simple changes at home can mean smaller energy bills and a more comfortable living environment. To help, we’ve developed informative online videos in English, Te Reo Māori, Samoan and Tongan, with tips for creating warmer, drier and, therefore, healthier homes.

We also have information about some of the subsidies available to make homes healthier – be sure to check out our website.

And remember, from 1 July insulation will be compulsory in all rental homes. Head to the Tenancy Services’ website to find out more.


Help us track the flu

The Ministry of Health is pleased to bring the online FluTracking initiative to Aotearoa New Zealand for the second year, tracking the flu so we can help you.

FluTrackers are emailed a questionnaire each week that takes less than 10 seconds to complete, asking whether they’ve had a cough or fever during the past week. Becoming a FluTracker is quick and easy – just head to the FluTracking website.

The Ministry can use FluTracking’s insights, as well as those gained from other flu surveillance programmes, to find out where flu hotspots are and direct resources such as vaccinations to the areas where they’re needed most. This is shown on an interactive map that can be accessed by anyone on FluTracking’s website.


Nominate someone for a 2019 Volunteer Award

Nominations are now open for this year’s Minister of Health Volunteer Awards. The awards recognise and celebrate individual and teams of volunteers who demonstrate outstanding dedication to supporting Aotearoa New Zealand’s health and disability services.

Nominations are open until 30 May 2019 and awards will be presented at Parliament’s Grand Hall during National Volunteer Week (16 - 22 June).

Outstanding achievement awards will be presented in the following categories:

  • Health Care Provider Service
  • Community or NGO Health Service
  • Māori Health Service
  • Pacific Health Service
  • Youth Health Volunteer and Long Service.

There’s also an overall Health Volunteer of the Year.

Please visit volunteerawards.health.govt.nz for more information, including the nomination form and promotional poster. You can also email volunteerawards@health.govt.nz


Data Explorer makes analysing Health Survey data simple

Our interactive Health Survey Annual Data Explorer has been launched online, enabling Kiwis to search through over 150 of the 2017/18 New Zealand Health Survey indicators.

The Data Explorer allows users to filter data by age, ethnic group, gender and neighbourhood deprivation, comparing the latest Health Survey’s findings to those of previous years.

Over 13,800 adults and 4,700 children took part in the Health Survey, giving valuable insights about health issues ranging from recreational screen time to sleep to oral health. To view these and all other indicators visit the Health Survey Annual Data Explorer.


Latest update from Well Child Tamariki Ora Review

Deborah Woodley, the Ministry’s Deputy Director-General Population Health and Prevention, has provided an update about progress of the Well Child Tamariki Ora Review.

The update includes important Review milestones:

  • June 2019: Early Analysis Phase. Evidence and data will be gathered to inform the shape of the Review.
  • June – October 2019: Options Phase. Possible improvements to Well Child Tamariki Ora will be tested
  • October 2019 – 1 July 2020: Implementation Phase. The first changes to Well Child Tamariki Ora are expected to be in place from 1 July 2020.

At the heart of the Review is enabling all New Zealanders to have a say about what’s working, what needs to change, and what will make the programme more equitable. Engagement will begin shortly to achieve this – we will make sure you're kept up-to-date about the feedback process.

In the meantime, please email the Review team if you have any questions or feedback: wcto@moh.govt.nz

Read more about the Well Child Tamariki Ora Review on our website.



Health workforce strategic priorities (closes 30 April 2019)

New Zealand Obstetric Ultrasound Guidelines (closes 3 May 2019)


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Progress on Gambling Harm Reduction 2010 to 2017: Outcomes report – New Zealand Strategy to Prevent and Minimise Gambling Harm

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

Screening Matters – the National Screening Unit newsletter


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