The Ministry of Health has designed this website to be as accessible as possible.
This website should display correctly in all common browsers, operating systems and page resolutions; with and without scripting, images and stylesheets; on a PC or Mac; and for people with dial-up as well as broadband connections.
This site has been designed to display correctly when the text size is increased.
If you have an older browser, you may need to do this differently: look under the View menu (or similar) for ‘Zoom’ or ‘Increase text size’.
If you’re having difficulty accessing or navigating any content on this website, please contact the webmaster for assistance.
This site provides publications and documents in ‘portable document file’ (PDF) format.
What you can do with PDFs
PDF files can be:
You need a PDF reader to view a PDF file online. There are a number of PDF readers you can use: a common one is Adobe Reader, which is available free of charge from the Adobe website(external link).
When you open a PDF, you’ll see options on the toolbar and menu that enable you to use the document more efficiently.
In Adobe Reader, these include:
The latest versions of Adobe Reader include features that make it easier for people with disabilities to read PDF files. To set these up, go to Edit > Accessibility > Set up.
Some of the documents on this website have been created using Microsoft products. After August 2013, we will provide Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint versions that are compatible with 2007 products or later (.docx .xlsx and .pptx formats). You can download free viewers from Microsoft that allow you to read these documents if you have an earlier version of this software.
You can also view them using Open Office(external link) – a free open-source office software suite.
We are aware that some users who have a later version on Word (eg, Word 2010) have been experiencing formatting issues for some documents when viewing the documents online, particularly those documents that contain large tables.
If you are experiencing formatting issues, you might prefer to switch to the PDF version of the document. However, if you wish to use the Word version, please save the document to your desktop before opening it. When you open it, press 'enable editing' at the prompt. The document should then display properly.
If you continue to experience difficulties, email the Ministry of Health Web Manager, including the link to the page you're having problems with so we can monitor the issues and try to resolve them for all users.
You may come across RTF (rich text format) files on this site. RTF is an accessible format that can be opened with almost any word processing software and on almost any operating system.
You may find spreadsheets and data on this site in CSV (comma-separated values) format. CSV is an accessible format that can be used with a range of computer programs.
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