Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


More newborns enrolled earlier with GP

Hon Tony Ryall
Minister of Health

6 September 2013 Media Statement
More newborns enrolled earlier with GP

More newborns are being enrolled with general practices (GPs) as part of the government’s plans to improve immunisation rates.

Health Minister Tony Ryall announced the latest enrolment results while visiting the Upper Hutt Health Centre in the Hutt Valley today.

“Last year we introduced an at-birth enrolment policy, where maternity unit staff notify the family doctor of a child’s birth before mother and baby leave the unit. And district health boards are now rolling out the policy,” says Mr Ryall.

“Latest data shows 66 per cent of newborns are now enrolled with a GP before they are three months old – this is a nine per cent increase in the past three months.

“At-birth enrolment makes it easier for parents to enrol their baby with their family doctor and gives newborns the best start to life.

“Previously, parents would normally enrol their baby when they first visit the GP after the birth – in many cases this was months later.

“I’m advised that in the past few newborns were enrolled at six weeks of age – this meant many started their immunisations late and were potentially exposed to preventable diseases like whooping cough and polio.

“One of the biggest benefits of having a newborn enrolled with a GP straight away is the practices can remind parents when their baby is due for their first immunisation at six weeks of age,” says Mr Ryall.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Politics Of Why We’re Not Getting An Inquiry Into The White Island Disaster

The Ardern government has made an art form out of reviews and inquiries- when to hold them, when to fold them, and when to shelve the findings, virtually untouched. Among other things, the WorkSafe criminal proceedings into the Whakaari /White Island disaster look like the outcome of a conscious political strategy. The government is choosing this route instead holding a proper inquiry, because it can conveniently narrow the focus only to (a) the events prior to the eruption and (b) solely to possible violations of our labour laws... More>>


UN SDG: A Greener, Cleaner, Brighter Future

'The world has a high fever and is burning up. Climate disruption is daily news – from devastating wildfires to record floods. The damage to people and the environment is immense and growing.' - UN Secretary-General António Guterres ... More>>


Carbon Neutral Policy: Gov Declares Climate Emergency

The Government has launched a major new initiative to combat climate change that will require the public sector to achieve carbon neutrality by 2025. More>>


Pill Testing: Govt Moves On Drug Checking To Keep Young New Zealanders Safer This Summer

The Government will pass time limited legislation to give legal certainty to drug checking services, so they can carry out their work to keep New Zealanders safer this summer at festivals without fear of prosecution, Health Minister Andrew Little ... More>>


Tax: Government Fulfils Election Undertaking On New Top Tax Rate

The Government will today keep its election promise to put in place a new top tax rate of 39 per cent on income earned over $180,000. More>>


Media: Stuff Holds Itself Accountable For Wrongs To Māori

Stuff has today published the results of an investigation into itself, and issued a public apology, for the way the media organisation has portrayed Māori, the indigenous people of Aotearoa New Zealand, from its first editions to now. Tā Mātou Pono | More>>


Economy: Crown Accounts Reflect Govt’s Careful Economic Management

The better-than-expected Crown accounts released today show the Government’s careful management of the COVID-19 health crisis was the right approach to support the economy. As expected, the Crown accounts for the year to June 2020 show the operating balance ... More>>





InfoPages News Channels