Welcome to the New Zealand Ministry of Health

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

Supporting health literacy

We’ve developed two new documents to help health and disability organisations respond to the health literacy needs of New Zealanders.


Counties Manukau was one of 3 district health boards who trialled the guide. They and the other organisations involved in the trial have shared their tips in our new Health literacy reviews section.

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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.

We want your feedback!

In July 2015 the Ministry of Health will publish a new section on its website for expecting parents and parents of children under 5 years.

Get an early glimpse of the new content, tell us what you think and be in to win a $100 or a $200 supermarket voucher – there is one of each up for grabs.

Get started now!

Information on Ebola

Better Public Services

Increasing immunisation rates and reducing rheumatic fever are part of the Government’s 10 Better Public Services results. The Ministry's latest results show record immunisation coverage and a significant reduction in rheumatic fever. Read more

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