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

Flu protection in pregnancy

In this video Ali Just, an intensive care nurse and mum, tells us why she had the influenza immunisation while pregnant with her second child Caitlin. Read more

Featured work

Alcohol forum submissions closing soon

A consultation period for a ministerial forum to consider whether further restrictions on alcohol advertising and sponsorship would reduce alcohol-related harm closes at the end of this month. Submissions must be made by 5pm on 28 April 2014. Read more

More children protected from preventable diseases

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

State Services Commission updates

Be aware of measles

Measles is a highly contagious disease that can be life threatening. Find out what the symptoms are and how immunisation can protect you and your family. Read more

Psychoactive substances

The Psychoactive Substances Act 2013 came into effect on 18 July 2013. This legislation regulates the importation, manufacture and supply of psychoactive substances, which are the active ingredients in party pills, energy pills and herbal highs Read more