Preventative health/wellness

This section contains information on a variety of preventative health topics, listed below.

In this section

  • The Violence Intervention Programme supports health sector family violence programmes throughout New Zealand. This section provides resources on implementing violence intervention programmes and reports on their effectiveness. Read more
  • Water fluoridation is a proven public health measure to reduce dental caries. This section provides information about fluoride and its importance for oral health. Read more
  • Immunisation is one of the most effective public health interventions to prevent the spread of vaccine preventable diseases. This section provides information about immunisation in New Zealand, including the National Immunisation Schedule and immunisation programme decisions. Read more
  • The Ministry works to ensure that nutrition recommendations for New Zealand health practitioners and consumers have a sound evidence base. This section covers the Food and Nutrition Guidelines, recommended nutrient intakes, and includes resources for schools. Read more
  • This section provides oral health resources for health professionals and the public. Read more
  • Physical activity can help people live longer, healthier lives. This section covers the Physical Activity Guidelines, activity levels in New Zealand, and the Green Prescription programme aimed at reducing inactivity. Read more
  • The National Screening Unit provides health screening programmes in New Zealand, including screenings for breast and cervical cancer, newborn hearing and metabolic screening, and antenatal HIV screening. Read more
  • Information and resources on sexual and reproductive health. Read more
  • Social bonds are an innovative way for governments to contract to achieve specific social sector outcomes. The Ministry of Health is leading cross-government work to investigate the value of piloting a social bond in New Zealand. Read more
  • The Social Sector Trials have been established to test innovative ideas to improve social, health and educational outcomes for communities around New Zealand. They are about supporting local solutions to local issues. Read more
  • Tobacco control in New Zealand involves a large number of policy, service development and operational activities that aim to reduce the uptake of smoking, increase quitting, and reduce exposure to second-hand smoke. Read more
  • Healthy Families New Zealand is a new initiative that aims to improve people’s health where they live, learn, work and play in order to prevent chronic disease. The Ministry is looking for registration of interest from organisations keen to lead the initiative in their communities. Read more