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

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.


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Better Public Services update

The latest Better Public Services update is an opportunity to highlight the work being done to address rheumatic fever and the progress being made on the immunisation target. Read more.


Children’s Action Plan: Children’s worker safety checking regulations

From 1 July 2015, new government safety checking regulations developed for children’s workers under the Vulnerable Children Act 2014 come into force. The new regulations strengthen existing safety checks to help better identify people who pose a risk to children. Read more.


Influenza: Don't get it. Don't give it

Flu can be anywhere. Make sure you get immunised.

You can also help protect your whānau by:

  • washing and drying your hands often
  • staying away from people that are sick
  • staying home if you're unwell
  • covering your coughs and sneezes.

Find out more about influenza


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.


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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