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The Government's principal advisor on health and disability: improving, promoting and protecting the health of all New Zealanders

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Consultation begins on New Zealand Health Strategy

The New Zealand Health Strategy consultation is now open. The consultation closes 5 pm, 4 December 2015. Read more

New Eating and Activity Guidelines for New Zealand Adults now available

The Ministry has released new eating and activity guidelines for health practitioners and others who provide nutrition and physical activity advice to the public. The guidelines are based on latest international evidence and World Health Organization recommendations. Read more

Pregnancy and kids

Find out about keeping you, your child and whānau healthy and well during pregnancy and the first 5 years of your child’s life: ​Pregnancy | Birth and afterwards | The first year | Under fives 

Zero fees for under-13s

Most general practices are now offering zero-fee visits for children under 13 both during the day and after hours. Under-13s are also exempt from the standard $5 pharmacy charge for each prescription item. Find out more about zero fees for under-13s.

Stop sore throats hurting hearts

Rheumatic fever is a serious but preventable illness that starts with a sore throat. Any time your child has a sore throat it could be serious. Don’t ignore it. Take them to a doctor or nurse straight away to get it checked. Find out more about rheumatic fever.

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