New Zealand’s Health and Disability System review. Following the move to a new national health system in 2022 the NZSA will continue to represent our members as the health system reforms and future of health in Aotearoa take shape. Last year the NZSA wrote to and met with representatives from Te Whatu Ora and Ministry of Health outlining our specific areas of feedback on the Planned Care Taskforce’s plan. This work will continue with the NZSA having a role in planned care developments and working groups going forward.
Health workforce. The NZSA will continue its advocacy in seeking urgent action from the Government and national health agencies to address health workforce shortages and to prioritise the wellbeing of the health workforce. The NZSA will continue to attend workforce working groups and participate in national discussions to represent our members across the country.
Climate Change and sustainable healthcare. We support lowering New Zealand’s carbon footprint to meet our obligations of the Paris Climate Accord and advocate on how the health sector is integral in lowering emissions to reach the Government’s 2030 zero carbon neutral goals. We have advocated that climate change mitigation and adaptation needs to be undertaken within the context of health, wellbeing, and equity.