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19 July 2017

news item Taranaki DHB reaches 100 per cent occupancy

Taranaki DHB is currently experiencing unprecedented patient volumes and this has been occurring for several weeks.

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13 July 2017

news item Taranaki DHB launches winter ED campaign

With winter illnesses and sports injuries adding to the workload at Taranaki DHB’s Emergency Department (ED), an awareness campaign called ‘Should you be at ED?’ has been launched.

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3 July 2017

news item McBroom Estate

The McBroom Estate allocates funding for health and disability benefits for the Waverley and Patea communities. The Estate is administered by the Taranaki District Health Board Trust Funds Committee. See inside for the list of successful applicants for 2017.

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30 June 2017

news item Strategy to lift deceased organ donation rates

Minister of Health Jonathan Coleman has launched a national strategy which aims to lift the rate of deceased organ donations and therefore increase the number of people who can receive a transplant.

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29 June 2017

news item Single phone number to access support services

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says from today a new free 24/7 four digit phone and text number will make it easier for people to connect with mental health and addictions professionals.

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28 June 2017

news item Bell Block food & beverage stores band together against sugary drinks

Taranaki’s Bell Block community are working together to reduce school children’s consumption of sugar sweetened beverages, through supporting a Taranaki District Health Board initiative called ‘Tap into Water’ which promotes the implementation of water only guidelines in schools and community facilities.

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19 June 2017

news item Celebrating 20 years of pill-free prescriptions

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has marked the 20th anniversary of the Green Prescription initiative, which has seen around 400,000 medication-free healthy lifestyle prescriptions given out.

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16 June 2017

news item New report highlights importance of how we eat

Health Minister and Sport & Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman has welcomed the release of ‘How We Eat’, a report that assesses evidence on eating behaviours and their influence on diet and body size.

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14 June 2017

news item More funding to support rural mental wellness

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy have committed another joint funding boost to rural mental health.

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13 June 2017

news item Reducing sudden infant death by 86% in 8 yrs

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government is taking steps to dramatically reduce Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI).

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7 June 2017

news item Taranaki DHB says MMR vaccine is safe and protects children from serious illness

Becky Jenkins, GM Planning, Funding and Population Health at Taranaki DHB, and qualified Doctor and current Medical Officer of Health at Taranaki DHB, Dr Jonathan Jarman share their views on immunisation.

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6 June 2017

news item $12 million to fluoridate more drinking water

Budget 2017 has committed $12 million over four years to fund the infrastructure needed to fluoridate more drinking water, say Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne.

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5 June 2017

news item Successful FAST stroke campaign returns

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the successful national campaign highlighting the signs of a stroke and the need to act quickly is being repeated.

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1 June 2017

news item Progress on Bowel Cancer screening rollout

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says final preparations are underway for the National Bowel Screening Programme to begin in Hutt Valley and Wairarapa.

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31 May 2017

news item Supporting families to raise healthy kids

Health Minister and Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman has released the ‘Sit Less, Move More, Sleep Well: Active play guidelines for under-fives’.

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30 May 2017

news item Immunisation handbook supports health staff

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has welcomed the release of the 2017 edition of the Immunisation Handbook, which informs health professionals of the safest and most effective use of vaccines.

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30 May 2017

news item More doctors attracted to hard-to-staff areas

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says an incentive scheme that attracts new doctors to roles in rural and remote locations that have been traditionally hard-to-staff is making a real difference.

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29 May 2017

news item Scheme helping to fill hard-to-staff health roles

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says an incentive scheme designed to increase the number of health professionals working in communities and roles that have traditionally been difficult to staff is making a real difference.

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25 May 2017

news item Further support for bowel screening roll-out

Budget 2017 will invest $38.5 million of new operating funding over four years to further support the staged implementation of the national bowel screening programme, Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says.

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25 May 2017

news item $205.4m for disability support services

Budget 2017 will invest an extra $205.4 million over four years to maintain and improve disability support services, Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner say.

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25 May 2017

news item $224m boost for mental health

Budget 2017 will invest an extra $224 million over four years in mental health services including $124 million in new innovative approaches, Social Investment Minister Amy Adams and Health Minister Jonathan Coleman say.

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25 May 2017

news item Health investment increases to a record $16.8b

Budget 2017 will invest an extra $3.9 billion over four years into Vote Health taking the total health investment to a record $16.77 billion in 2017/18, Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says.

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24 May 2017

news item Significant progress on healthy kids target 7

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the latest health target results show increased performance around the country, particularly on the raising healthy kids target.

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24 May 2017

news item Taranaki District Health Board Health Targets 2016-2017 - Third Quarter

The third quarter health targets of 2016-2017 have been released by the Ministry of Health. 

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23 May 2017

news item Parents of rural pre-schoolers warned about STEC bacteria

Taranaki DHB’s Public Health Unit is warning parents of rural pre-schoolers about a nasty toxin producing bacteria that spreads easily and can have life threatening consequences, especially for young children living on and around farms who are most at risk.

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13 May 2017

news item Big Change Starts Small – tackling obesity

Health Minister and Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman welcomes the return of an awareness campaign which encourages families to make small changes to help tackle childhood obesity.

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9 May 2017

news item Over 680 doctors & nurses in Taranaki DHB

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a record number of doctors and nurses are taking care of patients in Taranaki DHB.

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5 May 2017

news item Taranaki DHB Pathology and Laboratory Stakeholder Feedback Update

The Taranaki DHB Pathology and Laboratory project has progressed rapidly over the last couple of weeks.

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4 May 2017

news item Taranaki’s home support funding is up 39%

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the latest data shows that funding for home support services in the Taranaki region is up 39 per cent.

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3 May 2017

news item GP guide for youth medical records online

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman welcomes a new guide advising GPs on how they provide access to children and young person’s health information via patient portals.

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2 May 2017

news item $2b pay equity settlement for 55,000 health care workers signed

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says today’s signing of the care and support workers’ $2 billion pay equity settlement in an important milestone.

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1 May 2017

news item Immunisation week – focusing on older kids

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says this year’s theme for the annual immunisation week is ‘ensuring teenagers and older children are immunised.’

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27 April 2017

news item Work underway to address antimicrobial resistance

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Food Safety Minister David Bennett have welcomed steps to enhance New Zealand’s ability to respond to the growing global issue of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

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21 April 2017

news item Immunisation clinic popping up in Waitara to celebrate Immunisation week

An Immunisation Clinic will be popping up in the Maori Women’s Welfare League rooms (31 McLean St) in Waitara on Wednesday 3 May from 9am to celebrate Immunisation Week which is from 1-7 May.

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18 April 2017

news item Taranaki DHB Pathology and Laboratory Stakeholder Feedback Update

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback into the draft Service Specification for Pathology and Laboratory Services in the Taranaki region. Feedback closed on Monday 3 April 2017 at 5pm and has now been collated.

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31 March 2017

news item Taranaki DHB promotes immunisation for boys and girls to protect against HPV-related cancers

Taranaki public health nurses and general practices are busy this month protecting a new group of young New Zealanders against HPV-related cancers, with changes to the National Immunisation Schedule now providing free HPV immunisation for everyone aged 9–26, including boys and young men for the first time.

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21 March 2017

news item Minister of Health Volunteer Awards open

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says nominations are now open for the 2017 Minister of Health Volunteer Awards.

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17 March 2017

news item Parent Hub returns to WOMAD 2017

It's no secret WOMAD is a family-friendly festival, and this year it has retained that title by teaming up with the Taranaki District Health Board again to offer the Parent Hub at this year’s festival.

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27 February 2017

news item Taranaki Health Foundation launches new fundraising campaign to improve mental health facility

The Taranaki Health Foundation will launch a new community campaign this week called ‘The Open Minds Project,’ which aims to raise funds for enhancements to Taranaki’s Mental Health Inpatient Unit currently being renovated.

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27 February 2017

news item Taking charge of future healthcare with Advance Care Planning

A group of Bell Block residents are being encouraged to start a conversation about planning for their future and end of life care, thanks to a new Advance Care Planning (ACP) campaign launched by Taranaki DHB.

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24 February 2017

news item Two South Taranaki dairies agree not to sell sugary drinks to children before school

Taranaki DHB’s Public Health Unit is praising the efforts of South Taranaki retailers who have chosen not to sell sugar sweetened beverages to children on their way to school in the morning.

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21 February 2017

news item Taranaki District Health Board Health Targets 2016-2017 - Second Quarter

The second quarter health targets of 2016-2017 have been released by the Ministry of Health. 

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3 February 2017

news item Marking World Cancer Day

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says World Cancer Day is an opportunity to focus on what more can be done to further improve cancer services.

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31 January 2017

news item Four Taranaki retail outlets fail compliance test

Four Taranaki retailers are facing possible fines of up to $5,000 after selling tobacco to a person under 18 years of age.

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31 January 2017

news item HPV immunisation now free for boys & girls

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a new awareness campaign starts today to inform parents and caregivers of Year 8 boys and girls about the benefits of HPV immunisation.

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30 January 2017

news item B4 School Checks are giving more new entrants the best start

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says more parents are sending their children to school for the first time this week knowing their B4 School Check has picked up any potential health or development needs at an early stage.

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21 December 2016

news item New approach by DHBs & PHOs delivers more integrated care

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says DHBs and PHOs are working closely together to deliver system wide improvements and better health services for New Zealanders.

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15 December 2016

news item PM’s Youth Mental Health Project delivering positive results

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says an independent evaluation of the Prime Minister’s Youth Mental Health Project shows it’s delivering improved outcomes for youth in New Zealand.

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15 December 2016

news item Taranaki DHB launches new-look ED campaign

With the Festive season here, Taranaki DHB has launched an awareness campaign which asks people the question, “Should you be at ED?” and aims to help educate the community about what is considered an urgent and non urgent health complaint.

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13 December 2016

news item Taranaki DHB to integrate hospital and community lab services into single provider

Taranaki DHB has confirmed its strategic intent to change the way Pathology and Laboratory Services are delivered in Taranaki, and move to a single laboratory provider for hospital and community services.

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9 December 2016

news item Cancer nurse coordinators improving care

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says cancer nurse coordinators are helping to improve the diagnosis and treatment process for over 1,000 patients a month.

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8 December 2016

news item $4m boost for colonoscopy services

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says DHBs will receive an extra $4 million to deliver more colonoscopy services.

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5 December 2016

news item Pharmac increases access to new treatments

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman welcomes Pharmac’s major funding package with Roche for nine medicines which will benefit around 2,000 Kiwis.

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1 December 2016

news item Minister announces DHB Board appointments

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has announced the appointed members of 19 DHBs, including seven new board chair appointments.

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18 November 2016

news item Taranaki District Health Board Health Targets 2016-2017 - First Quarter

The first quarter health targets of 2016-2017 have been released by the Ministry of Health. 

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18 November 2016

news item Taranaki DHB hosts international social workers on exchange programme

Taranaki DHB will host four international social workers this week as part of the Council of International Fellowship (CIF) Aotearoa New Zealand exchange programme.

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10 November 2016

news item Taranaki DHB promotes transparency and learning from adverse events

The Health, Quality & Safety Commission (HQSC) has released the 2015/2016 ‘Learning from Adverse Events’ report today which has a greater emphasis on learning from all serious adverse events.

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28 October 2016

news item Patient Safety Week: 30 Oct – 5 November 2016 Taranaki DHB promotes ‘Let’s Talk’ message with staff and patients

Good communication between patients, whanau and Taranaki DHB staff is the focus of this year’s Patient Safety Week, a national campaign which runs from 30 October to 5 November.

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28 October 2016

news item NCHIP to back load health milestones for 8,000 Taranaki children

Taranaki’s new National Child Health Information Platform (NCHIP) and Child and Youth Coordination Service (CaY-C) will begin back loading key health milestone information for approximately 8,000 Taranaki children onto the NCHIP system this week.

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25 October 2016

news item Occupational Therapy Week highlights the holistic role of this health profession in today’s health system

Taranaki DHB celebrates Occupational Therapy (OT) Week from 24 – 28 October this year, with a focus on raising public awareness about the many roles of occupational therapists.

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12 October 2016

news item Taranaki DHB assures community they can still access care during doctors strike

Taranaki District Health Board is reassuring the public that they will still be able to access healthcare during the planned resident doctors strikes.

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10 October 2016

news item Congrats to the newly elected DHB members

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today congratulated the newly elected members to 19 of the 20 District Health Boards across the country.

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10 October 2016

news item Mental health awareness week 2016

Taranaki DHB is endorsing the move by Ministry of Health, New Zealand College of Midwives (NZCOM) and Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) to reassure the Taranaki community that maternity services in this region are robust.

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4 October 2016

news item Taranaki DHB reassures community that maternity services are robust

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says mental health awareness week is a good reminder for people to think about their mental health and wellbeing.

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29 September 2016

news item Taranaki performs above national percentage for cervical screening

September marked Cervical Screening Awareness Month with Taranaki performing strongly to rise above national targets.

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21 September 2016

news item Success for Wahine Toa Project – a Taranaki DHB oral health project

Taranaki DHB’s Community Oral Health Service has successfully secured a grant to assist low income young mothers aged between 19-30 years, who are unable to afford to attend a dentist. This is called the ‘Wahine Toa Project.’

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16 September 2016

news item Taranaki patients benefit from pill-free prescriptions

A pill-free prescription being offered to Taranaki patients is improving their health and wellbeing, and reducing the burden of disease by encouraging more frequent activity.

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13 September 2016

news item Are you parking in the right spot at Taranaki Base Hospital?

Taranaki DHB has recently launched a new parking campaign called ‘Are you parked in the right spot?’ which aims to review and reallocate parking spaces at Taranaki Base Hospital to improve parking for patients and health-related visitors.

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8 September 2016

news item Rotary Taranaki and Taranaki DHB team up to beat prostate cancer

A one-off partnership between Taranaki DHB and Rotary Taranaki means Taranaki men will be able to receive prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment much faster than before, thanks to the donation of a $45,000 transrectal ultrasound (TRUS) machine.

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7 September 2016

news item Pregnant women urged to vaccinate against Whooping Cough

At 30 weeks pregnant, mother-to-be Lovely Tredente and her partner Mike, both understand the importance of being vaccinated against whooping cough for the good health of themselves and their unborn child.

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30 August 2016

news item Taranaki District Health Board Health Targets 2015-2016 - Fourth Quarter

The fourth quarter health targets of 2015-2016 have been released by the Ministry of Health. 

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26 August 2016

news item Taranaki angiography suite officially opened

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today opened a new $3.6 million angiography suite at Taranaki Base Hospital in New Plymouth.

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10 August 2016

news item Upsurge in whooping cough cases in Taranaki

Taranaki DHB confirmed today that two children aged less than 6 months old have developed whooping cough and a total of 37 people have been notified with the disease in Taranaki, so far this year. Most cases are in older people and the average age being 27 years old.

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10 August 2016

news item Uncovering the link between alcohol and cancer

New Zealand’s leading experts in public health and alcohol harm, Professor Jennie Connor and Professor Doug Sellman, will be in New Plymouth this month to present the evidence that alcohol directly causes cancer.

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4 August 2016

news item More palliative care positions to be established

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says up to 60 new palliative care positions are being established as part of the Government’s $76.1 million boost for hospices.

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3 August 2016

news item Recovery plan for the people, by the people

A project full of firsts will help with the recovery and well-being of Taranaki people with experience of mental illness and addiction.

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3 August 2016

news item Widened prescribing rights for registered nurses

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says suitably qualified and approved registered nurses will be able to prescribe from a list of commonly used medicines from next month.

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29 July 2016

news item Coleman welcomes wider access to vaccines

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today welcomed Pharmac’s decision to widen access to the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and varicella (chickenpox) vaccinations.

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28 July 2016

news item Call for clinicians’ innovative health IT ideas

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman is calling on clinicians to submit innovative ideas on healthcare. “Clinicians have an insider’s view of where innovation can be applied to improve healthcare services,” says Dr Coleman.

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22 July 2016

news item Waitara to host a Meet Your Maternity Services roadshow

A range of free and low cost support services for whanau planning a pregnancy, expecting a child, or with young children will be on show at the Taranaki DHB’s Meet Your Maternity Services Roadshow in Waitara this August.

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18 July 2016

news item More colonoscopies delivered as DHBs get ready for bowel screening roll-out

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says more people than ever before are receiving a timely colonoscopy, as DHBs prepare for the bowel screening national roll-out programme.

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15 July 2016

news item B4 School Checks on track towards target

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says thousands of school new entrants are benefiting from a B4 School Check, and we’re on track to meet the July target.

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6 July 2016

news item Is your family immunised against measles?

Don’t let measles ruin the school holidays. Make sure your family is fully immunised. Since April 2016 there have been more than 85 cases of measles around New Zealand.

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30 June 2016

news item Raising Healthy Kids health target starts 1 July

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has welcomed the introduction of the new Raising Healthy Kids health target to help reduce childhood obesity.

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28 June 2016

news item Taranaki DHB Appoints New Chief Operating Officer

Taranaki District Health Board (TDHB) CEO, Rosemary Clements announced today the appointment of its new Chief Operating Officer (COO).

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23 June 2016

news item NCHIP will help make sure no child falls between the cracks

The health of children in the Taranaki region will be better off with the launch of the National Child Health Information Platform (NCHIP) and Child and Youth Coordination Service (CaY-C) this week.

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19 June 2016

news item Visitors to New Plymouth may have exposed others to Measles

Taranaki DHB’s Medical Officer of Health said today that two people who have recently visited New Plymouth have been confirmed with having measles.

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16 June 2016

news item Medsafe highlights dangers of online medicines

Medsafe is reminding New Zealanders of the dangers of purchasing medicines online from overseas, following a global week of action led by INTERPOL.

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13 June 2016

news item Know the signs of stoke and act FAST

Stroke is New Zealand’s third largest killer. Delayed recognition of a stroke can have tragic consequences, including further damage to the brain or death. From 5 June to early August is FAST awareness to help us all to recognise the signs of stroke.

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10 June 2016

news item 1.2m New Zealanders protected against the flu

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says 1.2 million New Zealanders have been immunised against the flu this year.

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9 June 2016

news item Nga Kohanga Reo take on the Tupeka Kore Challenge

Kōhanga Reo from around Taranaki are taking on the Tupeka Kore Challenge to create a tobacco-free community and future for their children.

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8 June 2016

news item More primary schools promoting healthy living

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Education Minister Hekia Parata say good progress is being made in encouraging primary schools to adopt the Health Promoting Schools programme.

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30 May 2016

news item Measles outbreak highlights importance of immunisation

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the ongoing measles outbreak highlights the importance of being immunised.

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27 May 2016

news item The Cure Coffee joins its neighbours by becoming smokefree

The Cure Coffee in Westown is demonstrating its support for Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 by becoming a smokefree café.

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24 May 2016

news item Taranaki District Health Board Health Targets 2015-2016 - Third Quarter

The third quarter health targets of 2015-2016 have been released by the Ministry of Health. 

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10 May 2016

news item Immunisation Week is focused on protecting baby during pregnancy

This week is Immunisation Week, a week which highlights the importance of immunisation to protect against serious illnesses and this year the theme is ‘protecting baby starts in pregnancy’.

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5 May 2016

news item Improving cancer support services for patients

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says good progress is being made around the country to further improve cancer care and support services.

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3 May 2016

news item 1 million doses of influenza vaccine distributed

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says more than one million doses of seasonal influenza vaccine have now been distributed across the country.

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26 April 2016

news item Prevention is key during April Falls month

This month Taranaki DHB, New Plymouth Injury Safe and ACC are promoting strength and balance exercises to help reduce the risk of falls as part of the national ‘Stand up to Falls’ campaign.

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18 April 2016

news item New Taranaki DHB Chief Executive appointed

Chair of the Taranaki District Health Board, Pauline Lockett announced today the appointment of Rosemary Clements to the role of Chief Executive.

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18 April 2016

news item New Zealand Health Strategy launched

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today launched New Zealand’s new Health Strategy at a Health Symposium in Wellington.

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6 April 2016

news item Flu immunisation campaign launched

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman today launched the annual influenza immunisation campaign at a community diabetes clinic in Porirua, Wellington.

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4 April 2016

news item New suicide prevention guidelines for EDs

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says new suicide prevention guidelines for hospital emergency departments will help to further improve care for those at risk.

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31 March 2016

news item Stroke services continue to improve

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says new data shows more patients are receiving the specialist stroke services they need.

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23 March 2016

news item 46% increase in Taranaki patients receiving specialist assessments

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says latest figures show a record number of Taranaki DHB patients received a medical or surgical First Specialist Assessment (FSA) last year.

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15 March 2016

news item Interns get a dose of provincial medicine

A group of twelve trainee intern medical school students completing their final year of Medical School are getting on-the- job experience in Taranaki, thanks to a new partnership between the University of Auckland and Taranaki District Health Board (Taranaki DHB).

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15 March 2016

news item Parent Hub space a new addition at WOMAD 2016

It's no secret WOMAD is a family-friendly festival and this year it’s taking it a step further by teaming up with the Taranaki District Health Board to offer a small Parent Hub at this year’s festival.

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14 March 2016

news item Minister of Health Volunteer Awards open

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says nominations are now open for the 2016 Minister of Health Volunteer Awards.

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7 March 2016

news item Data shows outcome of GP referrals for 1st time

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says preliminary data from the National Patient Flow project will help the sector to better understand the outcomes of GP referrals to hospital specialists.

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3 March 2016

news item Taranaki DHB begins recruitment for new CEO

The Taranaki District Health Board will commence recruitment for a new CEO this week, following the resignation of Tony Foulkes in February.

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2 March 2016

news item Good uptake of first year midwifery programme

Good uptake of first year midwifery programme Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says there’s been a good uptake of an enhanced programme designed to strengthen the clinical expertise of midwifery graduates.

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28 February 2016

news item Scheme helping to staff hard to fill positions

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says an incentive scheme designed to boost the number of health professionals working in hard-to-staff roles or areas is making a real difference.

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24 February 2016

news item Latest health target results for Taranaki

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the latest health target results show Taranaki DHB is making steady progress.

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15 February 2016

news item Growing health workforce fit for the future

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a new report shows the health workforce continues to grow and adapt to New Zealanders needs.

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12 February 2016

news item Long Serving Taranaki DHB Chief Executive Resigns

Pauline Lockett, Taranaki DHB Chair today announced with regret the resignation of Tony Foulkes after 12 years as Chief Executive of Taranaki District Health Board.

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9 February 2016

news item Encouraging immunisation for older children

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a new awareness campaign starts today to remind parents and caregivers of older children about the school based immunisation programme.

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4 February 2016

news item Taranaki students play a part in reducing Maori health inequalities

Māori students in Taranaki are gaining valuable work experience throughout secondary and tertiary education and in turn, contributing to the aim of decreasing Māori health inequalities thanks to the Why Ora employment pathways program run through Whakatipuranga Rima Rau (WRR) at Taranaki District Health Board.  

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2 February 2016

news item 2016 McBroom Estate funding applications - NOW CLOSED

The McBroom Estate allocates funding annually for health and disability needs in the Waverley and Patea communities. The estate is administered by the Taranaki District Health Board Trust Funds Committee.

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1 February 2016

news item B4 School Check giving kids a great start

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says thousands of new entrants heading to school for the first time this week have benefited from a free B4 School Check.

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25 January 2016

news item Taranaki launches PowerHealth’s Datix safety learning system

Taranaki District Health Board (DHB) is the first of the five Midland DHBs in New Zealand to introduce the Datix safety learning system, which is an integrated electronic solution for the management of incidents, complaints and risk.

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8 January 2016

news item Children in therapy receive generous community donations

Children receiving treatment at Taranaki DHB’s Child Adolescent Community Centres (CACC) in Taranaki have a reason to smile, thanks to the donation of more than 70 teddy bears from customers of Calendar Club in Centre City.

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31 December 2015

news item WERO Challenge brings added incentive to quit smoking

Taranaki DHB, in partnership with Tui Ora and Nga Ruahine, are encouraging those in Taranaki who smoke to take up the 12-week WERO Challenge and quit smoking for good this new year. Those who choose to take part will be eligible to win up to $3,500.

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22 December 2015

news item Maternity services continuing to improve

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the National Maternity Monitoring Group (NMMG) 2015 Annual Report shows the quality of maternity services in New Zealand is continuing to improve.

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17 December 2015

news item New immunisation resource for primary care

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a new resource will support midwifes, nurses and doctors to inform parents about infant immunisation.

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15 December 2015

news item Gaining better understanding of treatment injury

The Government is working to gain a full understanding of treatment injury to inform a range of initiatives to reduce treatment injury rates, say Minister of Health Jonathan Coleman and Minister for ACC Nikki Kaye.

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14 December 2015

news item Opening of the Mobility Garden a celebration of community spirit and giving

The Taranaki Health Foundation and Taranaki DHB are delighted to announce the opening of the Mobility Garden at Taranaki Base Hospital on Monday 14 December 2015 at 10am.

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10 December 2015

news item B4 School Checks on track to reach target

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the latest data shows the B4 School Check programme is well on track to reach more than 56,000 children across New Zealand by the end of the financial year.  

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4 December 2015

news item HQSC report promotes transparency and learning from adverse events

The Health, Quality & Safety Commission (HQSC) has released the ‘Learning from Adverse Events’ report today which has a greater emphasis on learning from all serious adverse events. 

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3 December 2015

news item Taranaki DHB Paediatric services to receive generous donation

Taranaki DHB’s Paediatric Services will receive a generous donation of $30,000 from the Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal today.

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16 November 2015

news item White Ribbon Day focuses on healthy and respectful relationships

Taranaki DHB is supporting the week of White Ribbon Day, Wednesday 25 November, with a number of displays at Taranaki Base Hospital, including three 18-metre white ribbons outside the main entrance of Taranaki Base Hospital and two exhibitions in the main foyer.

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16 November 2015

news item Growing support for family friendly environments from Taranaki retailers

A New Plymouth automotive specialist and a gym are the first businesses of their kind to sign up to Taranaki DHB’s ‘Breastfeeding Welcome Here’ (BFWH) programme.

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13 November 2015

news item Families and Staff Gather to Support World Prematurity Day

On Tuesday 17 November the Taranaki Neonatal Trust is hosting a morning tea at Taranaki Base Hospital to raise awareness of World Prematurity Day and the issues faced by premature babies and their families.

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13 November 2015

news item Tobacco compliance checks reveal positive results in South Taranaki

Recent tobacco compliance checks in South Taranaki have indicated that 96 percent of retailers from Eltham to Waitotara were operating in compliance with the Smoke Free Environment Act and did not sell tobacco products or herbal smoking products to minors.

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12 November 2015

news item Sports stars rally to fight obesity

Health Minister and Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman says a new high profile public awareness campaign starts today to encourage people to make healthy lifestyle changes to tackle obesity.

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11 November 2015

news item New public health legislation planned

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says new fit for purpose public health legislation is planned to replace the Public Health Bill

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4 November 2015

news item 20m pieces of fruit & veg given to school kids

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says close to 20 million pieces of fruit and vegetables will be handed out to Kiwi kids this school year.

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4 November 2015

news item Patient Safety Week focuses on good communication at DHB

Taranaki DHB is holding its second annual Patient Safety Week from Monday 2 - Friday 6 November.

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16 October 2015

news item Five year plan to tackle diabetes

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the national diabetes plan launched today provides a clear roadmap for how to tackle one of New Zealand’s greatest health challenges.

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15 October 2015

news item MPs highlight melanoma by getting skin checks

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says MPs from both sides of the House have received skin checks at Parliament today to help raise awareness of melanoma.

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14 October 2015

news item Taranaki DHB Launches Visitor Policy Review

Taranaki DHB has recently launched a review of the current visitor policy in place at both Taranaki Base and Hawera hospitals and we will be talking to patients, visitors and staff as part of this review. This is a direct result of feedback from patients, families/whanau, visitors and staff

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13 October 2015

news item Taranaki DHB confirms purchase of Fulford Radiology

Taranaki DHB (TDHB) confirmed today it has entered into an agreement for 100% ownership of Fulford Radiology. Fulford Radiology Services Ltd (FRSL) is a joint venture company between Taranaki DHB and the radiologists.

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5 October 2015

news item Taranaki working together to help prevent suicide

Taranaki agencies and Government organisations are working together to prevent suicide and have developed a Suicide Prevention and Postvention Action Plan to reduce suicide and the impact it has on our community.

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5 October 2015

news item Taranaki DHB goes Fizz Free

Taranaki DHB is practising what it preaches by implementing a new Sugar-Sweetened Beverage (SSB) guideline. SSBs such as standard Coca-Cola are no longer available for sale on DHB campuses, with the exception of flavoured milk and fruit juice up to 250ml and artificially sweetened drinks up to 355ml. The guideline will form part of Taranaki DHB’s overall nutrition policy.

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2 October 2015

news item More patients access specialist stroke services

Taranaki District Health Board (Taranaki DHB) said today the extension of New Plymouth District Council’s (NPDC) Smokefree Parks Policy is a positive step towards normalising not smoking.

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25 September 2015

news item Taranaki DHB praises NPDC’s leadership for extending its Smokefree policy

Taranaki District Health Board (Taranaki DHB) said today the extension of New Plymouth District Council’s (NPDC) Smokefree Parks Policy is a positive step towards normalising not smoking.

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18 September 2015

news item Improving the HPV immunisation programme

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has welcomed a plan to improve the National Human Papillomavirus (HPV) immunisation programme.

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15 September 2015

news item Youth addiction services access improves

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says more young people aged 19 or under are getting quicker access to specialist help for alcohol and drug problems.

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10 September 2015

news item More colonoscopies delivered, wait times reduce

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says new data shows more people are receiving colonoscopies, and good progress is being made in reducing waiting times.

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7 September 2015

news item Taranaki DHB raises awareness of FASD’s lifelong effects

In the build up to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) awareness day on Wednesday 9 September 2015, Taranaki DHB is reminding pregnant women and those who are planning to become pregnant to protect their unborn child’s health by avoiding all alcohol.

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4 September 2015

news item New video to help push Healthy Families NZ

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman welcomes the launch of the Healthy Families NZ video, encouraging people in their communities to take action against the rising rate of preventable chronic disease.

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3 September 2015

news item Safer ePharmacy system for Midland’s patients

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a new hospital ePharmacy system in the Midland region is improving patient safety and reducing medicines waste.

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