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Doctors must be vaccinated for patient safety
No doctor should be involved in patient care unless they are vaccinated against COVID-19. That’s the call from the New Zealand Medical Association, which says vaccinating health care workers is essen…

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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 “…

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NZMA Praises Folic Acid Decision
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 …

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NZ Should Adopt Scottish Strategy To Reduce Alcohol Harm
They’re fond of a dram in Scotland. A little too fond, as it happens. For years, Scotland has wrestled with the harm caused by alcohol. Early death, ill health, crime, suicide, and medical staff deal…

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Wellington Alert Level Change
The Government has announced that Wellington will be at Alert Level 2 from 6pm Wednesday until 11.59pm Sunday night. Our office will be open and staff will still be available by email and mobile phon…

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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…

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NZMA Urges Minister To Review Alcohol Law
The contents of our letter to the Minister are below. ‍ Dear Minister ‍ The NZMA is New Zealand’s largest medical organisation, with about 5,000 members from all areas of medicine. The NZMA aims t…

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

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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…

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Address The Nursing Workforce Gap
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…

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Dr Ashley Bloomfield Addresses NZMA DiTC Trainee Forum
Director General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield lead an impressive panel of speakers at the NZ Medical Association Doctors in Training Council Trainee Forum recently. Dr Bloomfield shared with attend…

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New Zealand Medical Association Welcomes Long Awaited Health System Reforms
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 involve. NZMA…

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NZMA Elections 2021 Results
The voting period for the NZMA Elections 2021 has now closed, and we are pleased to announce the results. The new members of your Board and Councils are as follows: Chair - Alistair Humphrey Deputy…

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NZMA Board Deputy Chair Announcement
The nomination period for the NZMA Elections is now closed. We received a number of nominations across the available positions - thank you to all who were nominated, we appreciate your support and ent…

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NZMA Welcomes Government's Announcement Of List Of Life-Shortening Conditions For Early Kiwisaver Access
NZMA welcomes today's Government announcement of the list of life-shortening conditions guaranteeing early Kiwisaver access. These regulations help achieve equity for people with life shorting condit…

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2021 NZMA Board Medical Student Representative
NZMA is thrilled to announce the Medical Student Representative on the NZMA Board for 2021 will be Duncan Finlayson. Duncan was elected to be the representative by his peers, following an unusual tie…

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Open letter to the Prime Minister & Minister for Climate Change
Dear Prime Minister and Minister Shaw,   The New Zealand Medical Association welcomes the announcement (2/12/20) by the Government on Climate Emergency.   In September 2019, NZMA declared climate c…

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NZMA Briefing To The Incoming Minister Of Health 2020
NZMA welcomes Hon Andrew Little to his recently appointed role of Minister of Health, and the new Associate Ministers, Hon Peeni Henare, Hon Ayesha Verrall, and Hon Aupito William Sio. We also welcome…