Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the latest health target results show increased performance around the country, particularly on the raising healthy kids target.
“The six national health targets help to drive improvement in performance across the health system,” says Dr Coleman.
“This was reinforced by recent New Zealand research that found that the ED target is having a significant impact, with around 700 fewer deaths than predicted in 2012 if pre-target trends continue.
“The latest quarterly health target results for January to March 2017 show DHBs continue to perform well, but there’s always more to do.
“Nationally, DHBs lifted their performance to almost 86 per cent of identified obese children being referred to a professional for clinical assessment and family based nutrition.
“The target is a key part of the Government’s Childhood Obesity Plan. We want to ensure that through the B4 School Check, kids and their families are put in touch with primary healthcare professionals who can check for any clinical risk associated with obesity, and encourage families to take action.
“Results are expected to improve each quarter as referral processes are fully implemented.
“Nationally the improved access to elective surgery target of 100 per cent was again achieved, surpassed by four per cent.
“The six national targets provide a focus for action and are reviewed annually to ensure they align with health priorities. Three of the health targets focus on patient access, and three focus on prevention.
“I’d like to acknowledge all the health professionals at the DHBs and PHOs for their continued hard work to improve key health services for New Zealanders.”
Overall an extra $568 million has been invested into the health sector this year taking the health budget to a record $16.1 billion in 2016/17.
The health target results for Quarter Three 2016/17 (January-March) show:Patients admitted, discharged or transferred from the ED within six hours stayed at 94 per cent under the shorter stays in ED target. Results for the faster cancer treatment target held steady at 82 per cent. Better help for smokers to quit was offered to 86 per cent of PHO enrolled patients.
The results for Quarter Three 2016/17 can be found at: www.health.govt.nz/healthtargets
“The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has an important role in setting the rules and ensuring they are followed around the world,” says Dr Coleman.
“We need to bolster WADA’s ability to operate as an effective regulator on the world stage, by ensuring it has the appropriate level of oversight to carry out its mandate, and more tools to deal with non-compliant organisations.
“WADA needs stronger support from stakeholders, including governments and the Sport Movement, to level the playing field.
“It’s very important that steps are taken when national anti-doping organisations are found to be non-compliant. The longer an organisation remains non-compliant the greater the issues will be.”
Dr Coleman also noted that more progress needs to be made for the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) to be deemed compliant with WADA standards.
“RUSADA has been non-compliant since November 2015 and needs to make further progress in addressing the problems identified,” says Dr Coleman.
“WADA is doing all it can to assist RUSADA, but it's vital that the international sporting community can be confident that the issues detailed extensively last year in the McLaren reports are addressed.”
"It is crucial that a regime of sanctions is in place in cases where an anti-doping organisation is found to be non-complaint."
"This needs to be in place before the Winter Olympics, to be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea in 2018. The IOC and governments need to support appropriate sanctions against organisations and athletes from countries where there is systemic non-compliance with the WADA code."
Dr Coleman attended the WADA Foundation Board meeting in Montréal today as a Public Authority Representative for Oceania.
Established in 1999, WADA is composed of representatives from the Sport Movement and national governments. One of its key activities is to monitor the World Anti-Doping Code, which harmonises anti-doping policies in all sports and all countries.
The launch of national guiding principles for preventing and managing pressure injuries is being welcomed by Health Minister Jonathan Coleman, Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne and ACC Minister Michael Woodhouse.
“It’s estimated that every year around 55,000 people suffer from pressure injuries, with more than 3000 of these causing significant harm,” says Dr Coleman.
“Pressure injuries, also known as bedsores or pressure ulcers, are areas of damage to the skin and underlying tissue caused by constant pressure or friction. They can cause pain, disability, hospitalisation, and sometimes even death, yet most are preventable.”
The guidance was launched today at the New Zealand Wound Care Society Annual Conference in Rotorua, and will be made available to health professionals in DHBs, aged and disabled residential care facilities, and the home care sector.
“Preventing these wounds from developing is a high priority for the healthcare system and for ACC,” says Mr Woodhouse.
“They are commonly associated with other serious injuries, and cost ACC an estimated $40 million per year, however we know the true number and cost is under-reported.”
The guidance was created by an expert reference panel representing clinicians, service providers, consumers and organisations across the health sector, including the Ministry of Health, the Health Quality and Safety Commission, ACC, and the New Zealand Wound Care Society.
“Preventing pressure injuries has the potential to improve the quality of life and long-term health and wellbeing for many New Zealanders,” says Mr Dunne.
“The guidance is part of a wider piece of work on pressure injuries, which also includes developing a national approach to measure and report pressure injuries, as well as raising public and health practitioners’ awareness of pressure injury prevention and management.”
The panel drew on evidence-based international guidelines and local reports on pressure injury management.
The guidance is publicly available on ACC’s website and will be reviewed in three years’ time to ensure it remains up to date.
Health Minister and Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman is to attend the World Health Assembly (WHA) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) meeting.
“I will be leaving tomorrow for the 70th WHA in Geneva, Switzerland, where I will vote for the next World Health Organisation Director General,” says Dr Coleman.
“New Zealand will have an important role to play in this assembly with our officials taking a lead role in several key areas.
“Our officials have successfully led a group of countries to have rheumatic heart disease included on the agenda, and are leading the development of a resolution which will be considered in early June.
“New Zealand will also host the Pacific Health Minister’s Breakfast. This is an opportunity to network with Pacific Health Ministers to progress issues of priority for the region on the global stage.
“During the assembly I will also attend the Commonwealth Health Ministers’ meeting. This year the focus will be on sustainable financing of universal health coverage.
“This Government has made health funding a priority, with an extra $568 million invested into the health sector for 2016/2017, taking the health budget to a record $16.1 billion.”
Dr Coleman is also to attend the WADA Foundation Board meeting in Montréal, Canada, as a Public Authority Representative for Oceania.
“The WADA has an important role in setting the rules and ensuring they are followed around the world,” says Dr Coleman.
Budget 2017 invests an additional $59.2 million over four years to ensure all road ambulance call outs are double crewed, Health Minister Jonathan Coleman, Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne and ACC Minister Michael Woodhouse say.
“The Government is focused on getting patients the care they need when they need it, and our ambulance services have a key role to play in this,” Dr Coleman says.
“We’re creating 375 new emergency medical and paramedic roles across the country over the next four years to ensure all emergency road ambulance call outs are double crewed by 2021.
“Double crewing all road ambulance call outs will help ensure patients are provided with the best care possible, as well as support the safety and wellbeing of our dedicated paramedic workforce.”
Emergency road ambulance call outs are already almost entirely double crewed within the Wellington region. For the rest of the country, last year nearly 38,500 of the 393,000 call outs were single crewed, that’s around 10 per cent.
The new policy is also expected to create a significant operational efficiency with around 6,000 fewer incidents each year requiring two ambulances to respond.
Budget 2017 is investing $59.2 million over four years to fund the new policy through Vote Health in partnership with ACC. Vote Health has committed
$31.2 million, with the additional $28 million coming from ACC. This cost will be met from a combination of the ACC Non-Earners’ Account, which is funded from general taxation, and from ACC levies.
“Through Vote Health we are also investing $21 million over the next four years which will support a new funding arrangement for emergency air ambulance services and ambulance communications centres,” Mr Dunne says.
“The new arrangement will address financial sustainability issues by ensuring a clearer funding path that providers can work within.
“The additional funding will also maintain air ambulance services as they face significant increases in demand.
“I am advised that this is the single biggest increase that has gone into our emergency ambulance services, and a further commitment by this Government to strengthening core New Zealand infrastructure.
“It is my expectation that ambulance providers will continue to work closely with Fire and Emergency New Zealand to maximise efficiencies and responses to emergencies.”
The ambulance services are funded through Vote Health and ACC. In total the service will receive over $52 million from Vote Health and an additional $82 million from ACC over the next four years.
“The public expects their ACC contributions to be invested wisely,” Mr Woodhouse says.
“Investing in double crewing and other ambulance services will help ensure better outcomes for those Kiwis who are most in need of support.”
Notes to Editors:
Double crewing will create 375 more paramedic and emergency medical roles over the next four years in the following districts
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.
“Obesity is particularly concerning in children as it is associated with a wide range of health conditions, it can also affect a child’s overall quality of life,” says Dr Coleman.
“The campaign encourages people to start making small changes to have a long term and positive impact on our children’s health and wellbeing.
“It highlights that some of the ways we express our love and reward our children, such as using screen-time or junk food, isn’t that good for them.”
The Big change starts small campaign is fronted by Olympian Dame Valerie Adams and includes a number of sport stars including former Silver Fern Captain Casey Kopua, All Black Israel Dagg, former Black Cap skipper Brendon McCullum and Warriors star Shaun Johnson.
It is supported by a website that offers nutritious and affordable meal ideas and ways to become more active as a family www.eatmovelive.govt.nz
The campaign gets underway tomorrow and will run for six weeks. It is one of 22 initiatives in the Childhood Obesity Plan which was launched in 2015.
As part of the campaign a range of resources will be available to assist health professionals’ talking with families of very overweight children and to provide simple solutions for families seeking to start making changes to their lifestyle.
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today released a new plan which will help further improve radiation oncology services around the country.
“While cancer is New Zealand’s leading cause of death, outcomes for people with cancer continue to improve. In 2011, 63 per cent of cancer patients survived five years after diagnosis, up from 57 per cent in 1999,” says Dr Coleman.
“Kiwis are receiving better, faster cancer treatment and more support during their care as a result of the Government’s $63 million faster cancer treatment programme.
“We know there are variations in the delivery of radiation therapy across the country. While some variation is normal, there is room for improvement.
“The new National Radiation Oncology Plan 2017-2021 will help DHBs standardise the care they are providing to patients receiving radiation.
“The plan sets out a range of actions for public radiation oncology providers, the Ministry, regional cancer networks and other agencies to improve radiation oncology sector performance over the next four years.”
Twelve linear accelerators have been approved since 2009. These machines are helping to deliver cancer patients with timely radiation therapy, though the treatment varies between DHBs from 28 to 44 per cent.
The National Radiation Oncology Plan 2017-2021 is guided by the New Zealand Cancer Plan 2015-2018: Better, Faster Cancer Care, the Cancer Health Information Strategy and the New Zealand Health Strategy.
It builds on the Radiation Oncology National Linear Accelerator and Workforce Plan, which was released in 2014 and was the country's first dedicated national radiation oncology plan.
Both reports are available on the Ministry of Health website, www.health.govt.nz
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today launched the Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Network Standards of Care.
“The AYA Cancer Standards of Care are designed to improve outcomes and services for youth with cancer in New Zealand,” says Dr Coleman.
“The standards have a renewed focus on supporting adolescents and young adults battling cancer and engaging young people and their whanau in partnership of their care.
“The standards describe the level and quality of care that young people should expect from the time they are diagnosed to well beyond treatment. They cover all aspects of care and include hospital, primary care, non-governmental organisation and community support.”
The AYA Cancer Standards of Care are based on national and international evidence and expert opinion and have been co-designed by young cancer survivors.
“I would like to recognise the work of the many people who have contributed to these standards of care and the wider network who are dedicated to supporting young people who are affected by cancer,” says Dr Coleman.
“Kiwis are receiving better, faster cancer treatment and more support during their care as a result of the Government’s $63 million faster cancer treatment programme, but it is important that we keep doing more.”
The AYA Network was established in 2014 to improve outcomes and services for adolescents and young adults with cancer in New Zealand and consists of young people and their whanau, health professionals and support providers working with AYA’s with cancer.