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United Community Action Network

The United Community Action Network (UCAN)  is a collective of individuals and organisations working to implement the UCAN Health Charter. 20 organisations have endorsed the Charter.

The Health Charter outlines a set of basic rights that everyone should be able to claim confidently to obtain resources that are directly relevant to their personal circumstances.

UCAN formed in response to decisions by Capital and Coast District Health Board (CCDHB) to limit the services and funding for the Newtown Health Centre, and to close services for, or fail to protect, people with mental illness.

In effect CCDHB extinguished the vision of the South East and City Primary Health Organisation (SECPHO) as an integrated effective health service for people with high or special health needs. UCAN members hope that the locality networks proposed in the 2021 reorganisation of the public health system revive that vision.

UCAN contributes to this process by providing grassroots feedback and practical suggestions that build towards full implementation of the Health Charter.

To read more about the UCAN Charter for Health, please click the button below (includes 2 videos).


UCAN is not Affiliated with any Political Party.


Latest Post


Parliament Petition

Petition of Nikki Turner on behalf of United Community Action Network: Removing prescription charges for Community Service Card holders

Published date: 15 Sep 2022

Low-income households are currently experiencing significant hardship. Many are reliant on important medications. We consider that the $5 cost per item to a maximum of 20 items in any one year is a significant barrier to accessing these medications. Some large commercial organisations use their private resources to waive the $5 fee. This is not feasible for many community pharmacies. We believe this problem can be rectified by amending the Health Entitlement Cards Regulations 1993.

Please Follow the links to sign the petition