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Opportunities Abound For New Health Minister

Tue, 5 Dec 2023 15:40:16 +1300 | Council Of Medical Colleges

Incoming Minister of Health Dr Shane Reti has the opportunity to resolve long standing issues in New Zealand’s health system, from workforce challenges to persistent health inequalities, to banning harmful Direct To Consumer Advertising of Prescription ...More >>

Health For Everyone | Ō Tātou Hauora

Tue, 5 Dec 2023 14:09:50 +1300 | NZ College of Public Health Medicine

“Spending on public health measures must be seen as an investment, not a cost burden, and is critical to reducing demand for health care services.” said says Sir Collin Tukuitonga, President of the New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine ...More >>

Open Letter: Disestablishment Of Te Aka Whai Ora

Tue, 5 Dec 2023 13:11:41 +1300 | NZ College of Public Health Medicine

The New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine has released an Open Letter to Minister Sean Reti regarding the disestablishment of Te Aka Whai Ora. A copy of the Open Letter is attached. The New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine is the ...More >>

RCPA Calls On New Zealand Government To Rethink Decision On Smoking Ban

Mon, 4 Dec 2023 16:22:14 +1300 | Royal College of Pathologists

The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) calls on the New Zealand Government to rethink its plans to repeal a law that would have gradually banned all cigarette sales in the country. The RCPA had welcomed the new legislation which, ...More >>

Secondary Teachers Question Rationale For Changes To Relationship Education Guidelines

Mon, 4 Dec 2023 14:01:59 +1300 | PPTA

Secondary teachers are mystified by the reasons given by the Prime Minister for the need to remove the relationship and sexuality education guidelines, says Chris Abercrombie, PPTA Te Wehengarua acting president. “When asked by the media early ...More >>

RACDS Urges Reconsideration On Smokefree

Mon, 4 Dec 2023 13:40:41 +1300 | RACDS

4 December 2023 – The Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (RACDS) expresses deep concern regarding the recent decision by New Zealand's newly elected government to repeal the Smokefree Amendments Act. This unexpected reversal raises serious implications ...More >>

How To Deliver Real Value To The Health System

Mon, 4 Dec 2023 12:43:12 +1300 | Digital Health Association

New Zealand must embrace all the advantages of existing, new, and emerging digital health technologies to deliver real value to its ailing health system. That’s the view of the Digital Health Association, which wants the new Government to establish ...More >>

On The Government’s Smokefree Laws Debacle

Mon, 4 Dec 2023 11:36:46 +1300 | Gordon Campbell

The most charitable explanation for National’s behaviour over the smokefree legislation is that they have dutifully fulfilled the wishes of the Big Tobacco lobby and then cast around – incompetently, as it turns out - for excuses that might sell this ...More >>

The Economic Argument For Our World-leading Smokefree Legislation – New Research

Mon, 4 Dec 2023 11:31:08 +1300 | Public Health Communication Centre

Retaining the world leading smokefree legislation would generate considerable growth in income for New Zealanders with a total gain of NZ$46 billion by 2050 according to new modelling just published in an international journal. The study published ...More >>

Dental Association Dismayed At Plans To Repeal Smokefree Amendments Act

Mon, 4 Dec 2023 11:15:40 +1300 | New Zealand Dental Association

The New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) is dismayed at the government’s intentions to repeal the Smokefree Amendments Act and end plans to protect future generations from harmful tobacco addiction. In 2023, around 8% of adults continue to be daily ...More >>

PSNZ Urges Government To Uphold Smokefree Legislation For The Health Of Children And Youth In Aotearoa

Mon, 4 Dec 2023 11:13:08 +1300 | Paediatric Society of New Zealand

Te Kāhui Mātai Arotamariki o Aotearoa | Paediatric Society of New Zealand, voices its concern over the government's recent proposition to repeal critical aspects of the country's smoke-free legislation. This proposed repeal undermines New Zealand's ...More >>

NZMSA Stands Against The Proposed Changes To SERPA Legislation

Mon, 4 Dec 2023 10:06:20 +1300 | New Zealand Medical Students' Association - NZMSA

Repeal of the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Smoked Tobacco) Amendment Act and the Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 Action Plan poses a serious threat to the future of all New Zealanders. The New Zealand Medical Students' Association (NZMSA) calls ...More >>

Claiming our rights this IDPWD

Sun, 3 Dec 2023 14:28:41 +1300 | People with Disability Australia - PWDA

On this International Day of People with Disability (IDPWD), People with Disability Australia (PWDA), reflects on another year of advocating for the rights of all people with disability to live in a future that is fully inclusive where the human rights ...More >>

Government’s Defence Of Smokefree Repeal - Weak, Deceptive And Embarrassing

Sat, 2 Dec 2023 15:54:09 +1300 | Health Coalition Aotearoa

The Government’s strategy to justify its roll-back of New Zealand’s world-leading Smokefree law amounts to a campaign of misinformation, Health Coalition Aotearoa co-chair Professor Boyd Swinburn says. The coalition Government agreed to axe the ...More >>

Repeal Of Smoke-Free Laws: A Gross Inequity. Urgent Call For National Leadership To Drive Meaningful Health Change

Sat, 2 Dec 2023 01:15:41 +1300 | Cancer Society New Zealand

Christchurch, 29 November 2023 The Aukati Tupeka Aotearoa (ATA) national network of agencies expresses deep concern and disappointment over the incoming coalition government’s plan to repeal globally acclaimed smoke-free laws, signalling an alarming ...More >>

Caphra Supports New Zealand Government’s Decision To Repeal Elements Of The Smokefree Environments Act

Thu, 30 Nov 2023 13:53:01 +1300 | CAPHRA

The Coalition of Asia Pacific Harm Reduction Advocates (CAPHRA) today expressed its support for the New Zealand Government's decision to repeal elements of the Smokefree Environments Act. “The decision, part of the NZ First 2023 Coalition Agreement, ...More >>

Disabled New Zealanders Invisible In Government 100 Day Plan

Thu, 30 Nov 2023 12:58:22 +1300 | Disability Support Network

New Zealand Disability Support Network is seeking assurance that disabled New Zealanders are a priority for the new government after being omitted from their 100 day plan. “Disability support providers wondering how they’ll survive financially, underpaid ...More >>

The Minister For Smoking Must Resign

Thu, 30 Nov 2023 12:12:04 +1300 | Eugene Doyle

Dr Shane Reti, the Minister for Smoking, needs to do the honourable thing. That seems unlikely, given he will shortly co-sign a death warrant for thousands of vulnerable people, but it must be called for: resign. I can’t think of a more ignoble start ...More >>

More Babies At Risk Of Serious Illness Next Winter Due To Underfunding Of Pharmac

Thu, 30 Nov 2023 10:09:42 +1300 | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

More children are at risk of serious infection from RSV following a decision to cut funding for a medicine that prevents serious infection, reduces hospitalisations and can save lives. The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ is supporting calls ...More >>

Māori Will Die To Fund Tax Cuts

Wed, 29 Nov 2023 12:58:16 +1300 | Te Pati Maori

By scrapping Aotearoa’s world-leading smokefree laws, this government is sacrificing Māori lives to fund tax cuts for the wealthy. Not only is this plan revolting, but it doesn’t add up. Treasury has estimated that the reversal of smokefree laws to ...More >>


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