Health sector reform: ensuring the workforce are informed and engaged in the future health system and our planned Information sessions in your region

Oct 9, 2021

We are making strong progress towards implementing significant Health sector reform. Ministers have announced the appointment of interim Boards to the Māori Health Authority and Health New Zealand, and we are anticipating health reform legislation to be introduced to Parliament in October.

 

The Transition Unit is committed to ensuring that those working in the health sector are informed about what is changing and why, and also have the opportunity to help shape the future health system.

 

In support of this, we’re planning to hold a series of 90-minute information sessions for representatives from across the wider health sector and workforce. These will begin in the South Island regions from 18-29 October.

 

We will circulate registration invites for the South Island sessions to you by the end of this week. Please forward this invitation onto appropriate people who could attend on behalf of your organisation.

 

The roadshow sessions are designed to give the sector a high-level, common understanding of the reforms. It’s an opportunity to hear directly from key people involved in leading the reforms, understand the key components of the reform work programme, and ask any questions people might have.

 

We will focus on the South Island regions initially while we confirm options for the North Island as we monitor alert level requirements and restrictions. We will also ask participants to share the high-level information from the event, making presentations and summary information available for this purpose.

 

We appreciate the sector is currently under immense pressure responding to the current outbreak, and we know there is no ‘good’ time to take people away from their day to day work responsibilities.

 

However, we’re very aware of the high level of interest in the reforms, and the expectation within the sector for more information, especially as we get closer to 1 July next year. We want to meet this need and make it as easy as possible for people to participate in the conversations that are shaping the future health system.

 

We anticipate the Minister of Health, Associate Minister and also a number of Māori Health Authority and Health NZ Board Members may also be able to join us at several of the events. This will be a great opportunity for Ministers, Board Members and the health workforce to interact directly together regarding the work of the reforms. The sessions will be run by the Transition Unit, with support from the Ministry of Health and there will be ample opportunity to ask questions at each event.

 

Below are the planned dates and locations for the South Island events. More specific detail, such as the exact venues and times, will be included with the registration invites on Friday.

 

Date

City/Region

Mon 18 Oct

Invercargill

Tues 19 Oct

Dunedin

Thurs 21 Oct

Christchurch

Fri 22 Oct

Timaru

Wed 27 Oct

Nelson

Thurs 28 Oct

Greymouth

 

Thank you in advance for your support.

 

We look forward to continuing to work closely with you as the reforms programme processes.

 

For more general information about the reforms, visit the dedicated reform website www.futureofhealth.govt.nz, which includes background to the health reform, news and updates, engagement opportunities and information targeted specifically for the health sector workforce.

 

Ngā mihi,

Stephen

 

 

Stephen McKernan

Director

Health and Disability Review Transition Unit

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

 

E    Stephen.McKernan@dpmc.govt.nz