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Annette King To Chair Meeting In Geneva

Health Minister Annette King will chair the meeting of Commonwealth Health Ministers in Geneva on Sunday prior to World Health Assembly meetings on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week.

At the Commonwealth Health Ministers' meeting, Mrs King will update ministers on preparation for the 13 Commonwealth Health Ministers' Meeting, which will be held in Christchurch in November.

The Geneva meeting on Sunday will also allow Commonwealth Ministers to discuss the WHA agenda and to clarify the Commonwealth's position on issues at the WHA meeting.

Mrs King will also chair a ministerial roundtable on barriers to mental health services at the WHA meeting, and will address the Assembly on New Zealand's recent mental health services experiences.

Following the WHA meeting, Mrs King will visit London briefly for meetings with United Kingdom health officials on primary health care and hospital issues. She will also meet officials from the National Institute of Clinical Excellence, and will have a two-hour meeting with Dr Euphemia McGoogan, senior lecturer in pathology at Lothian University Hospitals.

Dr McGoogan gave evidence at the Gisborne Cervical Screening Inquiry, and will be evaluating, at intervals of six months and one year, the Ministry of Health's progress in implementing the inquiry's recommendations.

Mrs King will also visit Ireland for four days as Racing Minister as well as Health Minister. She will have discussions with racing officials and prominent racing personalities, and will also meet health officials to discuss meningococcal disease.

The Minister will return to New Zealand in time for the Budget.


Itinerary attached. ..

Itinerary for Hon Annette King
11th May to 24th May 2001

Friday 11th May 2001

11:30am Fly Wellington to Auckland (NZ434)
2:15pm Fly Auckland to Singapore (NZ4286)
11:05pm Fly Singapore to Frankfurt (LF779)

Saturday 12th May 2001

5:45am ETA Frankfurt (local time)
7:25 am Fly Frankfurt to Geneva (LH3696)
6:30pm Briefing from Comsec officials for WHA
7:30 pm Attend dinner for the Commonwealth Medical Association (CMA) & the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI)

Sunday 13th May 2001

8:00 am Ministers Brief
9:00 am to 5pm
Commonwealth Health Ministers Pre-Meeting, prior to World Health Assembly Meeting.
„h Annette to chair the Commonwealth Health Minister's meeting
5:30 pm Attending reception held by the Commonwealth Dental Association (CDA) and International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI)

Monday 14th May 2001

7:30 am Ministers Brief

8:00 am World Health Assembly (WHA)
„h Speaking at plenary session on mental health
2:00pm WHA continues for rest of day


Tuesday 15th May 2001

7:30 am Ministers Brief
8:00am WHA
9:00am to 12noon
Chairing ministerial round-table on mental health
1:00pm to 4pm
WHA continues
4:00 pm to 5.30pm
Meeting of Bilateral Donor Countries to discuss the Global Alliance on Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI)
5:30 pm to 7pm
Reception for leaders of delegations to the 54th World Health Assembly

Wednesday 16th May 2001

8:00 am Ministers Brief
9:00 am to midday
CONTINUATION OF WHA MEETING
1:00pm Depart for airport
2:55 pm Fly Geneva to Frankfurt (LH3723)
4:15 pm ETA Frankfurt (local time)
5:00 pm Fly Frankfurt to London, Heathrow (LH4652)
5:45 pm ETA London, Heathrow (local time)

Accommodation:
High Commissioner's Residence
43 Chelsea Square
London SW3 6LH

Thursday 17th May 2001

8:00 am Ministers Brief
9:00 am Meet the Ministry of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)
Hillary Bower, Manager, Cultural Property re Parthenon Marbles
11:00 am Meet UK Health Officials re: Primary Healthcare Issues
12:30 pm to 3:30pm
Visit Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
4:00pm Meet officials from NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence)
6:00 pm Informal dinner at New Zealand Residence
Host: Paul East

Friday 18th May 2001

7:30 am Ministers Brief
8:00 am to 10am
Meeting with Dr Euphemia McGoogan
Senior Lecturer of Pathology at Lothian University Hospitals and Associate Medical Director of NHS Trust
1:15 pm FLY London, Heathrow to Dublin (BD127)
2:30 pm ETA Dublin (local time)
4:00pm Ministers briefing

Saturday 19th May 2001

PRIVATE ARRANGEMENTS

Sunday 20th May 2001

8:00 am Ministers Brief
10:00 am Meeting Mr Brian Kavanagh, Chief Executive
The Turf Club
12:00 pm Lunch with Mr Brian Kavanagh and party
Chief Executive
The Turf Club
3:00 pm Visit Kildangan Sheik Mohammed Stud in Kildare
4:00 pm Visit Jockey Training Centre R.A.C.E
(2x NZ trainees there)
5:00 pm Visit Mr Dermot Weld (trainer of Melborne Cup winner "Vintage Crop")
7:00 pm Dinner: own arrangements

Monday 21st May 2001

7:30 am Ministers Brief
8:00 am Depart for Cashel
(2 hour drive from Dublin)
10:00 am Meeting Mr Denis Brosnan, Chairman
Irish Horseracing Authority
1:00 pm Lunch at Coolmore Stud
followed by tour of Coolmore Stud and return to Dublin
4:00pm Return to Dublin
7:00 pm Dinner
Noel Davin, Minister of State
Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development (with special responsibility for Livestock Breeding and Horticulture)

Tuesday 22nd May 2001

7:30 am Ministers Brief
Car & driver arrive
8:00am Breakfast meeting
with Irish Minister of Health
re Meningitis disease
1:00 pm Fly Dublin to London - Heathrow (BD126)
4:25 pm Fly London - Healthrow to Auckland (NZ1)

Thursday 24th May 2001

5:15 am ETA Auckland
8:00 am ETA Wellington

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