New Zealand Ministry of Health resources highlight the need to make equity a reality, not just rhetoric

The new Ministry publication – Achieving Equity in Health Outcomes: Summary of a Discovery Process – aims to help achieve equity by underscoring the importance of commissioning work through the 'equity lens' to  benefit all New Zealanders.

The new report published on 30 July 2019 provides a brief summary of phase one of the Achieving Equity Work Programme: The Discovery Phase. The aim of the discovery phase was to identify where practical and coordinated effort could be undertaken to achieve a measurable shift in health equity in the next three to five years.

Common challenges and opportunities for achieving health equity in Aotearoa/New Zealand have been explored through an examination of the literature, a review of evidence and consideration of what people said needs to be tackled in the health and disability system,

The insights gained through this phase of the achieving equity work programme contribute to a shared understanding of challenges facing the health and disability system in addressing health equity. These in turn highlight opportunities for further collaboration and coordinated practical action.

In this newly-released video Director-General of Health, Dr Ashley Bloomfield, discusses how achieving more equitable health for all New Zealanders requires commissioning work with equity at front of mind,

“‘Equity’ is quite a refined term. We might know what it means, we might have a definition. However, what we should do is think about what it means for citizens, for New Zealanders, because everyone has the right to good health," says Dr Bloomfield.

You can read more about achieving equity on the Ministry website.

Dr Bloomfield will open the HSRAANZ’s 11th Health Services and Policy Research Conference being held in Auckland on 4-6 December.  The theme of this year’s Conference is ‘Addressing health service inequities to improve health systems performance’. Although it has always been a core part of our conference programmes, this year we have chosen to focus on the role of HSR in addressing inequities experienced by Māori, Pacific and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, disabled people and other communities.

Conference registration is now open!