Category Archives: Successes

Perioperative Mortality Review Committee report

Closing the Gap draws attention to the Perioperative Mortality Review Committee’s sixth report, looking at New Zealand deaths that occur within 30 days of an operation, which shows people living in lower socio-economic areas had near double the rate of mortality from 2009 to 2013 against those living in more wealthy parts of the country. https://www.hqsc.govt.nz/our-programmes/mrc/pomrc/publications-and-resources/publication/2949/

The People’s Mental Health Review

Action Station’s report on The People’s Mental Health Review, based on 500 personal stories of mental health experiences reveals a mental health system in crisis, with long wait times, a lack of suitable treatment options and an under-resourced and stressed workforce. They call for urgent funding increases for mental health services, an independent inquiry into mental health in New Zealand, and restoration of the Mental Health Commission.

Refer https://www.peoplesmentalheathreport.com for more details

2016 Child Poverty Monitor Results

The 2016 Child Poverty Monitor results reveal no significant improvement for the lives of children in New Zealand experiencing the effects of poverty.

There are currently 28% of New Zealand’s children living in families where income is less than 60% of the median contemporary income after housing costs (AHC), and 155,000 children experiencing some form of material deprivation, while 8% of children suffer extreme material deprivation.

Refer www.cpag.org.nz; www.closingthegap.org.nz or www.pha.org.nz for comments.

Honouring the Treaty in Health Services

The Health Promotion Forum / Runanga Whakapiki Ake i te Hauora o Aotearoa has worked with the Auckland University of Technology to produce a paper, Realising the rhetoric: Refreshing public health providers’ efforts to honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi in Aotearoa, New Zealand. The authors indicate that we have a way to go to address ongoing inequities for Māori. Refer www.hauora.co.nz

Increased stress on community groups

Hui E! reports on a recent survey conducted by ComVoices that shows that the stresses on our community organisations are increasing. A survey of over 280 community organisations shows that they are experiencing greater demand for services and are dealing with greater complexity, but with less funding from government and a greater reliance on alternate funding sources. Refer www.huie.org.nz