Election Day 2020, is rapidly approaching and the political parties are in full campaign mode.
When the Health and Disability System Review was released, in her executive summary, the Review Lead, Heather Simpson, states “The rural population often feels they are invisible to the urban decision makers.” The Review goes on to point out what we, in rural, have known for some time: that rural health outcomes are poor and need a focused effort if this is to be addressed.
NZRGPN has developed a Rural Health Election Manifesto which will be discussed during a Political Forum which will take place from 7-8pm on Tuesday 23rd August.
The Network is offering you the opportunity to understand what commitment the prominent political parties currently in Parliament have to rural health before going to vote next month. They are running a Political Panel Webinar, involving those four larger political parties, which will livestream on Facebook at the same time. During the webinar a health spokesman from each of the Parties will discuss their Party’s vision and policies that they believe will improve rural health outcomes over the next 3 – 10 years. Each panelist will open with a short presentation on their Party’s plan for creating a better future for rural health. This will be followed by an open Q&A session in which the Moderator will ask panelists to delve into matters of particular interest to those who log in to the webinar. Register for this
What do you want to know about their policies to create a better future for rural health? Please use our question form below to suggest questions you think should be presented to the panel from a student perspective. We will then put these forward to the team who are organising the event! It will be great to have a future voice of rural health heard from our current student members! If you would like to register to receive details of the live webinar please click here.