Latest Event Updates

Sue Kedgley: CCDHB Candidate

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UCAN has been working on a short film series to highlight the views and perspectives of some of the current CCDHB candidates. Here you will hear Sue Kedgley sharing her views, and ongoing endorsement of the UCAN Charter for Health, as she campaigns for a position on the Capital and Coast DHB Governance Board.

We will post more videos as we complete them.

Please share widely

Eileen Brown: CCDHB Candidate

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UCAN has been working on a short film series to highlight the views and perspectives of some of the current CCDHB candidates. Here you will hear Eileen Brown sharing her views, and ongoing endorsement of the UCAN Charter for Health, as she runs for a second term the DHB Governance Board.

We will post more videos as we complete them.

Please share widely

Meet the CCDHB Candidates

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Kia ora

The Public Health Association and UCAN are hosting a ‘Meet the CCDHB Candidates event on Wed 18 Sept, at the Saint Johns Conference Center. doors open 5:30pm for 6pm start, no registration required.

The Public Health Association will be launching our scorecard at the event. The scorecard assesses CCDHB candidates experience and alignment with Public Health Association policies and values. Scores will be based on a survey we’ve sent to candidates and the full survey results will be available on http://www.pha.org.nz .

Our Canterbury and Southern Branches are also producing scorecards.

UCAN will be asking the CCDHB Candidates if they support the UCAN Health Charter and will work with UCAN’s Network to implement the Charter.

Please spread the word about the Wellington event. It will be a great opportunity to put questions to the CCDHB candidates and get a feel for what they stand for.

Ngā mihi,

Debbie Leyland
Chair
United Community Action Network

Mental Health Commissioner Report still extremely valid

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Just want to share this report here, released in February 2018, from the department of the NZ Mental Health Commission, located within the Health and Disability Commission.

2017 was a massive year for bring the conversation around the major degradation of mental health service in Aotearoa New Zealand. An election was held and then a coalition government formed between Labour and NZ First with additional support from the Greens. A promised was made for a systemic review in the form of an inquiry of national mental health and addiction service. The report was finally released December 2018.

However, UCAN’s feels the report from the MH Commission holds special importance as it clearly articulates the needs for improved services from a Right perspective. Access to appropriate, timely, evidence-based and affordable health care is a right. This has been enshrined in international documental such as the UN Declaration of Human Rights.

UCAN hopes the report of the MH Commissioner alongside the Mental Health and Addictions report.

We wait with baited breath for the release of the Wellness Budget, to be released in May from the Government. And the indications and resources provided therein to restore and repair the damage to our collective and essential healthservices.

Poem: A PAUPER’S PLIGHT

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A PAUPER’S PLIGHT

 Author Michael Dunningham

A man slouched on the pavement
In his sombrero hat,
Which social welfare gave him
Because he had no flat.

Respectable is what he was
Before he lost his job,
But now he’s called a bludger
Another lazy slob.

While waiting for a meal
That one would call substantial
He lives in a depression
Both mental and financial.

Burgar bars are where he eats
His laundry is a stream,
Other needs are catered for
Among his wildest dreams.

No one cares to build the man
A cheap and nasty flat,
All he has to shelter him
Is one sombrero hat.

For housing corp are obsolete,
And flats are for the rich.
Tents are for the middle class
The rest live in the ditch.

UCAN on Educating for Social Change Podcast

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primary-logoUCAN spokespeople Debbie Leyland and Prudence Stone appear in this podcast discussing Mental Health Awareness Week in Aotearoa. Thank you to Victoria Quade for inviting UCAN on.

Please click this live link to hear the podcast