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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.


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Regional Housing Action Plan (RHAP) – including the whole population

Thanks very much for the RHAP. As you know, UCAN has been actively concerned for over a decade by the fragmented and partial responses to this issue. We are very relieved to see that your Committee will form a clear and transparent governance structure to implement the Plan.