The Ministry of Health (MoH) has released an updated New Zealand Health Strategy for public consultation and is running a thorough consultation process to engage New Zealanders in the future direction of their health system.
Two draft documents have been produced:1) Future Direction, which sets out the high level thinking behind the strategy, and 2) Roadmap of Actions to ensure all New Zealanders live well, stay well, and get well, which identifies 20 work areas for the next five years to put the strategy in place.
The draft strategy has 5 strategic themes: 1) people-powered 2) closer to home 3) value and high performance 4) one team 5) smart systems.
MoH has produced an accompanying video (see below) that provides a very good overview of the purpose and direction of the draft health strategy and is well worth a watch.
And if that isn’t enough consultation, MoH is hosting regional forums to discuss the draft Strategy and Roadmap of Actions.
Auckland: 7 November – Holiday Inn Auckland Airport, 2 Ascot Road, Mangere, Auckland
Hamilton: 14 November – Kingsgate Hotel, 100 Garnet Ave, Te Rapa, Hamilton
Christchurch: 21 November – Siduma at Airport, Cnr Memorial Ave & Orchard Rd, Christchurch
Wellington: 28 November – Te Papa, 55 Cable Street, Wellington
Let’s take a closer look at the new strategy and have a say about the future direction of our publicly funded health system.
Don Matheson sees the New Zealand Health Strategy review as “an important opportunity for the New Zealand health sector to reflect on its successes and failures. Of fundamental importance is the re-establishing a deeper connection between societal and sector held values of fairness and equity and structural arrangements.”