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).
Meting with MP Paul Eagle
Some members of UCANmet with Paul Eagle.
We talked with MP Paul Eagle and his advisor, Brian Dawson and covered:
The mental health needs and unmet needs of people living in Rongotai and the continued lack of recognition of the importance of community facilities and housing needs.
The lack of any engagement structure at the DHB level to advocate for people with mental health and their families needs.