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NZMA welcomes health worker vaccination decision
The announcement that healthcare workers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is welcome and important news, the NZ Medical Association says. High-risk workers in the health and disability secto…

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Rainbow community faces discrimination, inequities in healthcare
Many members of the Rainbow/Takatāpui community feel uncomfortable and discriminated against when engaging with the healthcare system. There needs to be better understanding of the community’s divers…

NZMA Welcomes Health System Board Appointments
The groups chosen to lead New Zealand’s health system into the future are a blend of expertise, wisdom and foresight, the New Zealand Medical Association says. NZMA Chair Dr Alistair Humphrey said he…

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Testing Milestone A Tribute To Health Workforce
New Zealanders everywhere should give thanks today to the dedicated team helping keep the country safe by carrying out COVID-19 testing. Today the three millionth COVID PCR test was carried out – and…

Conversion Therapy Has No Place In New Zealand
Conversion therapy has no place in New Zealand, and Government moves to criminalise it are overdue and welcome. The New Zealand Medical Association says conversion therapy is harmful, degrading and “…

NZMA Issues Press Release On Folic Acid
The decision to mandate the addition of folic acid to bread shows important health decisions are often best made by Government leadership, not left to the private sector. The NZMA has long advocated …

NZMA Welcomes Government Putting Health Before Profit
The decision to mandate the addition of folic acid to bread shows important health decisions are often best made by Government leadership, not left to the private sector. The NZMA has long advocated …

NZMA Says Yes To Affirmative Action In Admission To Medical School
The medical students of today are the medical workforce of tomorrow – and it’s essential the future workforce reflects and serves our diverse community. That’s why the NZ Medical Association has adop…

NZMA Backs Govt Plans To Help Kiwis Go Smokefree
Most people who smoke wish they didn’t – nowthe NZ Medical Association is endorsing the Government’s blueprint to help all New Zealanders, especially future generations, live free of tobacco and regre…

Slap A Mandatory Safety Standard On Sunscreens
13 May 2021 Kiwis having fun in the sun shouldn’t have to feel the burn from suspect sunscreens. That’s the NZ Medical Association’s call to lawmakers considering the Sunscreen (Product Safety Stand…

Address The Nursing Workforce Gap - NZMA
12 May 2021 Nurses are amongst the most valued and respected members of our community. Today is International Nurses Day – and underlines the vital role nurses play in our health system. NZMA Chair…

New Zealand Medical Association Welcomes Long Awaited Health System Reforms
21 April 2021 The New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) has welcomed the health sector reforms announced today by Minister of Health Andrew Little, and the bold systemic and legislative changes they…

Prime Minister’s Comments On Primary Care Concern New Zealand Medical Association
30 March 2021 The New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) has today expressed concerns to the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, in response to her comments on the AM Show regarding the current crisis in …

NZMA Welcomes Long Awaited Fluoridation Change
19 March 2021 The New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) is welcoming the recently announced Government decision to hand over decision-making on water fluoridation to the Director-General of Health. …

Doctors Back A Fully Empowered Māori Health Authority
The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists and the New Zealand Medical Association are making clear their support for the establishment of a Māori Health Authority with full commissioning rights,…

NZMA Supports Call For National Rare Disorder Framework
NZMA adds its voice to Rare Disorders NZ’s (RDNZ) call for the development of a National Rare Disorder Framework in New Zealand, supporting the over 300,000 New Zealanders living with a rare disorder.…

Vaccination Of Health Workers On Standby Lists
Because of the very short period for administration of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine once it has been defrosted, District Health Boards are operating standby lists for frontline health workers who can…

Medicines New Zealand And The New Zealand Medical Association Launch Transparency Initiative
Medicines New Zealand and the New Zealand Medical Association have jointly released New Zealand-specific guidelines for the public disclosure of payments around interactions between the biopharmaceuti…