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NZMA Presidential Address: Health care in the market place, and unrealistic expectations

Address to the NZMA by President Tony Baird, at the James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor on Tuesday 21 May 2103. Read more...

Changes to Immigration New Zealand’s medical and chest x-ray certificates

Immigration New Zealand last year made changes to its medical and chest X-ray certificates, with three new certificates released on 30 July 2012. Read more about the changes here... and read the FAQs here... 

Completing medical certificates
When completing medical certificates (including sickness, death or mental health certificates) members are reminded that the Medical Council has issued a statement providing guidance regarding certification and outlining the doctor’s obligations. Read the statement here... 

NZMA Presidential Address
Address to the NZMA AGM by incoming President Dr Tony Baird, at the James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor on Tuesday 19 June 2012. Read more...  

Deputy Chair GPCME address
Read Dr Mark Peterson's address to delegates at the 2012 GPCME medico-political session. Read more... 

Perinatal and maternal mortality review committee (PMMRC)
The PMMRC have released their most recent report on perinatal and maternal mortality in New Zealand. Read the full report...   

Evaluation report of the physician assistant trial
The evaluation report of the PA trial at the Counties Manukau District Health Board was undertaken to assess the impact of two US-trained physician assistants had on the theatre efficiency, productivity, speed and continuity of care, adverse outcomes and patient satisfaction in two general acute surgery teams; to determine the usefulness and suitability of the role of the role in New Zealand and to make recommendations for the role's further development. Read more...

Diabetes Care Improvement Package

The Diabetes Get Checked programme has been provided for the past 11 years at no cost to those patients in primary health care living with diabetes. The Ministry of Health has invested approximately $8M annually into this activity, which is largely delivered by general practice teams. A programme evaluation by Kenealy et al, (2011) indicated outcomes have been less than optimal and the resultant redistribution of funds will now resource the Diabetes Care Improvement PackageDistrict Health Boards (DHBs) have been tasked with using the funding currently allocated to the Get Checked programme to provide the Diabetes Care Improvement Package planned in consultation with primary care.

Alcohol and pregnancy resource for health professionals
An online resource has been launched to assist the many New Zealand healthcare professionals who say they don’t feel adequately trained to discuss alcohol use with their pregnant patients. Alcohol Healthwatch and the University of Otago, Wellington, have developed the Pregnancy and Alcohol Cessation Toolkit (PACT), an online resource to help health professionals use Ministry of Health guidelines when educating pregnant women about alcohol use.

The PACT provides evidence on the effects of alcohol during pregnancy, and provides examples of how to effectively use that evidence in everyday practice. Studies show up to 30 percent of New Zealand women drink during pregnancy and 50 percent still believe drinking some alcohol during pregnancy is safe. The PACT is freely available at www.akoaotearoa.ac.nz/projects/pact.

Analysis of the New Zealand general practitioner workforce 

During recent years the NZMA has vigirously lobbied Government and the Ministry of Health on changing health needs, workforce ageing and changing population demographics relevant to workforce planning. Our primary position has been that a healthy and sustainable general practitioner workforce is a critical component of a strong, effective and productive health system. Read more...

Briefing paper to incoming Minister of Health Hon Tony Ryall - 2008
The New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) is the largest medical professional organisation in New Zealand with approximately 4500 members. It is pan-professional in that it represents member doctors from all disciplines within medicine, including medical students. Read more...

Cremation amendment regulations and amendments to the Burial and Cremations Act 1964
As a result of the Coroners Act 2006, conseqentual amendments to the Cremation Regulations 1973 and the Burial and Cremation Act 1064 (both administered in the Ministry of Health) came in to force on 25 January 2009. Read more...