Pae Ora Strategies Summaries—Introduction (2023)

Background Manatū Hauora (the Ministry of Health) has published the Pae Ora (Healthy Futures) Strategies. These strategies set the direction for a system that is equitable, accessible, cohesive, and people-centered, and which will improve the health and wellbeing of all New Zealanders. The six strategies, founded on a commitment to … Read more

New cervical screening test is a game changer

There is now a simple and quick swab that people can do themselves, instead of the smear test (officially called the HPV primary screening test). The swab detects the presence of the human papillomavirus (HPV) which causes more than 95% of cervical cancers. It’s so much easier and catching cervical … Read more

Changes to the Mental Health Act

On 29 October 2021, Parliament made some changes to the Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 1992 (commonly called the Mental Health Act). These changes will strengthen the rights of people placed under the Mental Health Act. The changes are part of the work Manatū Hauora (the Ministry of … Read more

Whakamōhiotanga whānui | Overall summary

In this report, we shine a light on the practice of admitting young people (aged 12 to 17 years) to adult inpatient mental health services (adult services) in Aotearoa New Zealand. The 2018 Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction heard concerns about the practice of admitting young people to adult … Read more

Meningococcal Disease (Meningitis)

Meningococcal disease is a bacterial infection that causes two very serious illnesses: meningitis (an infection of the membranes that cover the brain) and septicaemia (blood poisoning). It can affect anyone – but it’s more common in children under the age of 5, teenagers and young adults. Students in their first … Read more

Te Whatu Ora: Your health this winter

There are many things we can do to keep ourselves, our whānau and others well this winter:  Be prepared, just in case.   Check you have everything you need to stay well including prescriptions and medicines.  Talk to your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or health practitioner about your eligibility for COVID antiviral medicines. … Read more

Feeling all sorts of emotions is normal in difficult times

Going through a natural disaster can be stressful and scary, and right now, you may be feeling anxious, overwhelmed, tired, angry, hōhā, sad, or something else entirely. However you’re feeling, it’s perfectly normal. If you can, take things day by day or hour by hour, and remember you’re doing the … Read more

Summary—Health of Disabled People 2023

Purpose The Provisional Health of Disabled People Strategy sets the direction and long-term priorities to move towards achieving equity in disabled people’s health and wellbeing outcomes over the next 10 years. The Strategy was published in a provisional form on 12 July 2023. This is to allow for further targeted … Read more

Summary— New Zealand Health Strategy 2023

Purpose The New Zealand Health Strategy sets the direction for improving the health and wellbeing of New Zealanders over the next 10 years. It is part of a suite of strategies published under the Pae Ora (Healthy Futures) Act 2022 and is the main strategy addressing the health of our … Read more

Te Mana Ola: The Pacific Health Strategy

Te Mana Ola is the first-ever Pacific Health Strategy for Aotearoa New Zealand. Te Mana Ola sets the direction and long-term priorities to achieve equity in Pacific health and wellbeing outcomes over the next 10 years. This strategy acknowledges that Pacific peoples’ views of health go beyond the presence or absence of disease or injury. … Read more