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Information on Ebola

Video: Dr Darren Hunt, Director of Public Health and Professor John Crump, Centre for International Health, University of Otago discuss the low risk of Ebola arriving and spreading in New Zealand.

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Stoptober is a 31-day quit smoking challenge designed to help thousands of kiwis kick the smoking habit for good. Already successful in the UK, it’s the first time Stoptober has been held in New Zealand and begins on 1 October.

To help people quit smoking habit, there are free daily texts, emails, a free mobile app plus social media, radio, television and fun events.

Stoptober is being funded under the Ministry of Health’s Pathway to Smokefree New Zealand 2025 Innovation Fund and run by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH).

Find out more on www.stoptobernz.co.nz

In-between travel settlement

An Agreement which establishes national payments for travel time and travel cost for home and community support workers has been negotiated. The Crown began negotiations with unions, employers and funding agencies in the home and community support sector to find a solution to the issue of travel between clients in 2014.

As well as payment for in-between travel the agreement includes a comprehensive review of the sector and a planned transition to a ‘regularised’ workforce. Read more

Progress on the Better Public Services targets

The latest Better Public Services results show more New Zealand children are being protected from preventable diseases. Read more

State Services Commission updates

Psychoactive substances – getting help

If you or someone you know is experiencing problems giving up psychoactive substances, find out how to get help.

Health services, police and schools can find advice on helping people worried about withdrawal in our factsheets.

For more information on the regulations see Psychoactive substances.

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