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

Flu can be anywhere.

Time to immunise against flu

Flu vaccine is now available from general practices and vaccinating pharmacists. The vaccine is free for people at high risk – check if you’re eligible on the Fight Flu website.

If you’re not eligible, you can still purchase the vaccine. Many employers also provide free immunisation for staff. 

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The state of our health

Health and Independence report 2016The Health and Independence Report is the Director-General of Health’s annual report on the state of public health in New Zealand. 

The 2016 report draws from a range of information sources to present a picture of the health of New Zealanders. Find out more about the Health and Independence Report.

$2 billion pay equity settlement for care and support workers

On 18 April 2017, the Government announced a $2 billion pay equity settlement for 55,000 care and support workers in New Zealand's aged and disability residential care, and home and community support services around the country.

A Strategy to Prevent Suicide in New Zealand: Draft for public consultation

This draft strategy outlines a framework for how we can work together to reduce suicide in New Zealand. It also identifies a set of priority areas for action. 

Clinicians’ Challenge – transform tomorrow!

The Clinicians’ Challenge 2017 seeks entries for innovative health care technology that will improve today and transform tomorrow. Find out more.

E-cigarette changes proposed

The Government is planning to change the law regulating e-cigarettes. Proposed changes include legalising the sale and supply of nicotine e-cigarettes and e-liquid as consumer products, while moving to regulate such products. Read more about the proposed changes.

Māori Provider Development Scheme

Applications for the Māori Provider Development Scheme have now opened. Find out how to apply.

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