Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman Minister of HealthFriday 09 December 2016, 11:29AM
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today announced a $3.76
million support package for Kaikoura and Marlborough.
"The Government is committed to ensuring the people of Kaikoura
and Marlborough can access the health services that they need
following the recent earthquake," says Dr Coleman.
"We know that after a serious earthquake, people can feel
stressed and anxious for a long time after the event. The
psychosocial recovery needs of the communities will change over the
coming months and years.
"The support package is deliberately short term (one year) to
allow immediate assistance to be in place while a longer term,
wider psychosocial recovery response is considered.
"I'd like to acknowledge the health staff who continue to do a
great job responding to local health needs at a difficult time.
This package recognises the increased demand and seeks to offer
For Kaikoura the package includes:
- $2 million to pay the balance of the new health centre.
- $810,000 for six additional health practitioners, including two
health navigators for one year, an extra psychologist for one year,
an extra counsellor for one year, an extra mental health clinician
for six months, and an older persons' health clinician for six
- $35,000 for the provision of free GP visits for residents of
Kaikoura and free or discounted GP visits for many people in
Hurunui at the discretion of their GP. (December 2016 - May
"The new $13.4 million Kaikoura Health Te Ha o Te Ora, which I
opened in April, has withstood the quake and subsequent aftershocks
and more than proved its value as a community hub," says Dr
"In 2013 the Government approved the health centre, with the DHB
contributing $10 million and the community agreeing to raise $3.4
million. To date the community has raised $1.4 million.
"We have decided to gift $2 million to the Kaikoura District
Council to clear the balance. Given the challenges facing the
people of Kaikoura, we did not want them to be worried about
fundraising at this difficult time."
For Marlborough the package includes:
- $500,000 for three additional health practitioners, including a
health navigator for one year, an extra mental health clinician for
one year and a health promotion worker who will to help extendAll
Right?Campaign developed in response to the Canterbury earthquakes
(as well as the associated costs of expanding the campaign).
- $15,000 for the provision of free GP visits for residents of
Ward, Seddon and rural eastern Marlborough for a period of six
months (December 2016 - May 2017).
- $400,000 for three additional health practitioners to assist
Nelson Marlborough DHB in responding to increased demand as a
result of re-routing State Highway 1. This includes an extra
Resident Medical Officer and two additional registered
The support package has been designed in consultation with
Nelson Marlborough and Canterbury DHBs.
This funding is on top of the $20 million package of initiatives
to increase mental health support for Cantabrians over the next
three years announced earlier this year in March.