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Make health equity the norm

Making it the Norm

In 2017, we called for Healthy Housing, Good Work and Whānau Wellbeing to be the norm for all people in Aotearoa New Zealand. In December 2019, we have launched three report cards looking how legislative and policy changes are enabling health equity through action on the social determinants.

Our report cards include:

  1. Results from our Member Survey conducted in May to July 2019, where we asked members to rate the housing, work and wellbeing policies of the government – what policy changes are making the greatest difference to the health and wellbeing of New Zealanders? Each report card identifies the top three policies or initiatives making the greatest impact on the health and wellbeing of people and their whānau.

  2. We asked members in the survey what else they would do to Make Health Equity the Norm – some of these ideas are quoted in each report card.

  3. We also check in on our case study whānau – what have been their successes and their struggles? Two years on from our first encounter, we find that the house and garage where our extended whānau were living has been sold. Members of our case study whānau have experienced homelessness and emergency housing during this time, with different outcomes for their wellbeing. Their stories are contexualised with evidence updates and results of policy change and implementation of new initiatives.

#MakingItTheNorm report cards

Healthy Housing (PDF)

Good Work (PDF)

Whānau Wellbeing (PDF)

Read our media release and follow our hashtag #MakingItTheNorm on Twitter to keep up with our campaign.

Previous activities and resources

Hui Report

The RACP’s Māori Health Hui is a biennial project of the Māori Health Committee, a standing Committee of the NZ Committee. The third and most recent Hui was held in Auckland at te Manukanuka o Hoturoa Marae in Mangere on 9 November 2017. It was attended by Māori RACP members, RACP Board and members of the Senior Leadership Group, as well as representatives from health sector organisations, and Māori members of other medical colleges. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Committee (ATSIHC) was represented at the Hui by Dr Naru Pal.

The report opens with an overview of Te Tiriti o Waitangi/The Treaty of Waitangi, before considering the location and place of the Hui – Te Manukanuka o Hoturoa marae in Mangere. Our Hui consisted of three sessions, which are captured in this report: Ko Aotearoa Tēnei: Resetting the Foundations of the Institution; WAI 2575 Inquiry into Health Services and Outcomes for Māori; and a Mana Taurite/Health Equity panel, featuring representatives from a diverse range of organisations, all with a common aim of achieving health equity for Māori.

This report acts as the record of our Hui, and seeks to capture and preserve as much of the valuable discussions, questions and challenges to the RACP for a wider audience as possible.

Read the Hui Report

Physicians and paediatricians practising in isolation in New Zealand

Physicians and paediatricians want to ensure the best health outcomes for their patients. Health practitioners work within an integrated team and health system, and can only deliver quality care if they are well supported in their workplace. Many specialist physicians and paediatricians practice in geographical or professional isolation.

This document outlines some of the issues facing those physicians and paediatricians practising in isolation and seeks to identify ways to ameliorate the situation.

Read the Physicians and paediatricians practising in isolation in New Zealand discussion

Call for a New Zealand Rehabilitation Strategy

The Call for a New Zealand Rehabilitation Strategy (the Call) recognises the unique New Zealand rehabilitation landscape and current provisions while identifying opportunities for strengthening, and increasing collaboration when providing, rehabilitation services.

The Call presents the rationale for a New Zealand rehabilitation strategy as a tool to ensure equitable access to rehabilitation services and improve outcomes for patients and their whānau/families.

The Call was jointly developed by the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine and the New Zealand Rehabilitation Association with a Working Party and in consultation with key stakeholders and organisations working in the rehabilitation space.

As of 2020, the Call for a New Zealand Rehabilitation Strategy is under review.

Antimicrobial resistance in New Zealand

This New Zealand position paper outlines the international context of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), identifies three examples of multiple drug resistant organisms (MDRO) common in New Zealand and examines ways in which health professionals can contribute to local actions to combat antimicrobial resistance through antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) and enhanced infection prevention and control activities.

It has been developed by the NZ Adult Medicine Division Committee (NZ AMDC) and NZ Policy & Advocacy Committee (NZ PAC), and peer reviewed by Associate Professor of Molecular Medicine and Pathology at the University of Auckland, Mark Thomas.

The RACP believes a national, evidence-based approach coordinated by central government and involving Ministries, District Health Boards (DHBs) hospitals and primary care, the private sector and the public is vital to contribute to the global effort to combat AMR.

Read the Antimicrobial resistance in New Zealand paper

Starting the conversation about organ donation

A resource for physicians and paediatricians in New Zealand

Rates of organ and tissue donation after death in New Zealand have been described as ‘low’, by comparison with other countries. In 2015, the Ministry of Health began a review into organ and tissue donation in New Zealand. The review identified local initiatives to increase deceased organ donation and transplantation in New Zealand; considers features of overseas models, and notes New Zealand-specific issues that may impact on decisions to donate.

Following that review, in June 2017 the New Zealand government launched The Deceased Organ Donation and Transplantation National Strategy.

Read the Starting the conversation about organ donation: a resource for physicians and paediatricians in New Zealand

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