• Posted on: 15/12/2021
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  • Tagged with: Te Runanga National Mental Health Committee Network Deaf and Disability District Health Boards

The government’s reform of our health system is drawing closer.

Public submissions close in early December for the Pae Ora – Healthy Futures Bill, which will formally create new health system entities.

The reforms aim to improve equity and reduce health disparities. To do this, we need a key shift: health and care workers must feel valued and well-trained for the future needs of our health system.


We believe our members have important insights into how we can best achieve this.

We have therefore been working to make sure our members understand the changes and how they will impact on us, our communities and our whānau. We are also ensuring your perspectives as members are heard and can influence the reforms.

As well as consulting all members on this transformational bill, we have held a webinar series to allow health sector members in particular to put their questions directly to staff in the Government’s Transition Unit, which is overseeing the reforms.


The new bill also provides for a New Zealand Health Charter that will outline common values, principles, and behaviours to guide health entities and their workers.

This new Charter is to be created by the sector itself – so we will be working extensively in the New Year with sector delegates and the Transition Unit to make sure all members have the opportunity to shape it.

We will continue to keep members up to date with further developments in the coming months.

This is our opportunity to shape our future health system – one that ensures workers are valued and listened to, and that delivers high quality, equitable and accessible services to all people living in Aotearoa New Zealand.


Upcoming changes to mental health legislation will also support pae ora.

The Mental Health Act is being replaced after He Ara Oranga: Report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction found it had not kept pace with the shift towards a recovery and wellbeing approach to care.

The aim is for new legislation to reflect a human rights-based approach which aligns with the recovery and wellbeing mode, and minimises compulsory or coercive treatment.

The PSA Mental Health and Addictions Committee has pushed for these changes and is preparing to seek the views of members on the new bill, which will feed into a PSA submission.

For more information on the consultation process go to www.health.govt.nz/our-work/mental-health-and-addiction