2. Minister of Health – Hon David Clark

Hon Dr David Clark is the Minister of Health. The Associate Ministers of Health are Hon Jenny Salesa and Hon Julie Anne Genter.

In 2015, the National Drug Policy for 2015-2020 was launched and in 2016, this was followed by the first action plan on FASD - Taking Action on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder 2016-2019

In brief, the Minister of Health is the governing body of the health system. It oversees the public health and disability services through its allocation of funding to District Health Boards. The Minister of Health also contracts public health/prevention, such as health promotion services.

Between 2013 and 2014, the Minister of Health provided a one-off grant to District Health Boards to increase capacity to deliver alcohol brief interventions among primary care services and community-based providers. On July 1 2017, they required that all DHBEmergency Departments determine whether each presentation was related to alcohol use.