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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).


Progress Report September 2021

UCAN members are meeting with Paul Eagle on October 4th to discuss establishing a mental health service in South-East Wellington. This is to ensure that people in this region get the mental health services they are entitled to. We are also meeting with a local Pharmacist, community Psychiatrist, and other like-minded people that are able to make this happen. Please check our web site, to be updated on the progress of this project.