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The programme is currently under development.

In summary the Forum will include:

Address from the Minister of Health

Hon Dr David Clark is pleased to join the Forum again this year. This is an opportunity to hear directly from the Minister about Government priorities for Health and Disability Services.

MOH Executive Leadership Team

In October 2018, Dr Ashley Bloomfield, Director-General of Health outlined changes to the Ministry’s second-tier structure.

The Ministry needs to deliver on its core functions, its sector leadership and stewardship roles, and on the Government’s priorities for health care, disability support, health improvement and equity.

The new structure, along with the changes to the way the Ministry works, will provide a clearer focus on the key areas that require Ministry leadership and improve the oversight and leadership of Ministry corporate functions.

Updates from newly appointed Deputy Director-General of:

  • Disability, Adri Isbister
  • Health System Improvement and Innovation, Keriana Brooking
  • Māori Health, John Whaanga
  • Mental Health & Addictions, Robyn Shearer

There will also be an update from Chief Advisor Pacific Health, Aiolupotea Matafanua Hilda Fa’asalele.

Read more about the Ministry of Health Directorates.

Health and Disability System Review

The Health and Disability System Review Panel has been established to identify opportunities to improve the performance, structure and sustainability of the system in the future, with a key focus on equity. The panel has a clear direction that focuses on improving health and wellness outcomes for all New Zealanders and addressing the inequities, particularly for Māori and Pacific peoples low income communities.

Expert Advisory Panel member, Lloyd McCann will give an update on the work of the review panel.

Submissions to the review team close on 31 May 2019.

Read more about the Health and Disability System Review.

Māori Expert Advisory Group, Health & Disability System Review

The Māori Expert Advisory Group was established in December 2018 to ensure that Māori perspectives on key aspects of the Health and Disability System Review are well considered and understood and shape the Review's deliberations on system options for addressing inequity in health outcomes.

Sharon Shea, Chairperson, will give an update on the work of the Māori Expert Advisory Group.

Read more about the Māori Expert Advisory Group on the Health and Disability System Review website.

Health Workforce Strategy

The Ministry of Health is working in collaboration with all parts of the health and disability sector to develop a small number of strategic health workforce priorities for the next five years (2019 – 2024), and an associated action plan with clear accountabilities for how progress will be achieved against those priorities.

The Ministry’s Health Workforce Directorate is leading development of the priorities and action plan, working in partnership with sector representatives, including NGOs. The approach will be underpinned by He Korowai Oranga.

The priorities will build on previous strategic work and align with all the various workforce initiatives already underway nationally, regionally and locally.

Daniel Glover is leading this work and will be providing an update on the developing priorities and next steps.

Commissioning for Now

The challenges of the current health and disability system require innovative and energetic responses. The NGO sector is expert at delivering high quality services in a wide range of contexts. Diversity is one of our key strengths. Hear from the perspective of three different NGO sector leaders on their views about what has worked well, what hasn’t, and what would be better with regard to the planning and funding of services, and add your viewpoint.

  • Garth Bennie – New Zealand Disability Support Network – Disability Sector
  • Maria Baker – Te Rau Ora (formerly Te Rau Matatini) – Whanau Ora and Māori Health
  • Barbara Disley – Emerge Aotearoa – Mental Health