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  • Media release
    29 January 2016
    The Ministry of Health has extended its Pacific travel advice around the ZIka virus to include Tonga as well as Samoa as an area of active transmission. Read more
  • Media release
    23 December 2015
    The Ministry of Health has awarded a $300 million contract to build Christchurch Hospital’s new Acute Services Building to Leighton Contractors. Read more
  • Media release
    14 December 2015
    A major new study confirms that New Zealand’s organised breast screening programme, BreastScreen Aotearoa (BSA) is reducing deaths from breast cancer. Read more
  • Media release
    09 December 2015
    Additional border screening of travellers who have recently been in Sierra Leone has been lifted, with the country recently declared Ebola-free Read more
  • Media release
    04 December 2015
    The number of babies dying suddenly in their sleep continues to fall. Figures just released from the Health Quality Safety Commission for 2014 show 40 babies died in 2014 from SUDI or sudden, unexpected death in infancy. On average, there were 47 deaths per year in the five years to 2014.  Read more
  • Media release
    04 December 2015
    The internationally recognised cancer researcher,  Professor John Potter, has been appointed as Chief Science Advisor to the Ministry of Health. Read more
  • Media release
    04 November 2015
    The draft update to the New Zealand Health Strategy is already attracting international attention. Read more
  • Media release
    19 October 2015
    The Government has today announced a package of initiatives to prevent and manage obesity in children and young people. The package provides targeted interventions for those who are obese, increased support for those at risk of becoming obese and broad approaches to make healthier choices easier for all New Zealanders. Read more
  • Media release
    24 September 2015
    A new measure of safety and quality in New Zealand’s hospitals has been released today. Read more
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