After a very successful series of events across the South Island, the roadshow is now ready to move into the North Island.

"It was such a pleasure to have been able to host almost 1000 people across the six South Island events we held," said Martin Hefford, Deputy Director of the Health Transition Unit.

"We had people attending either virtually or in-person who came from right across the health system. The people I talked to over a cuppa at the conclusion of the events all seemed to be very pleased they were able to attend, and appreciative that we had come to visit to provide an overview and update on the health reform and the progress being made to transform the system," Martin said.

A group photo showing four staff members from Dunedin-based Pacific health providers

Staff from Dunedin-based Pacific health providers

The Health Reform Transition Unit will host 18 events in the North Island, starting in Hamilton on Monday 8 November.

The sessions are designed for those people working in the broader health system who haven’t yet had a chance to catch up on the health reforms or want to know more detail about the related reform work programme and how things are progressing.

The sessions will provide an overview of the reforms, the key initiatives currently underway and those that are coming up, as well as how you can stay informed about further opportunities to get involved. Attendees also have the chance to ask questions too.

We had always hoped to be able to host all our information sessions in-person, rather than virtually. Unfortunately, COVID-19 alert levels have meant that isn’t possible in every location, so our North Island schedule is a mixture of in-person and entirely virtual sessions.

The registration links for the next set of information sessions are now live – this is for in-person and virtual events.  Further links for sessions in late November and early December will be sent out soon. We know that many in the sector would like to hear directly from us, kanohi ki te kanohi, to talk about the health reforms. We also recognise it’s important to make sure that everyone around the motu has the chance to take part in one of these information sessions – and if we can’t be there in person, we think it’s better to be there virtually.

Health Minister Andrew Little and Associate Minister for Health Peeni Henare will also attend some of the North Island sessions – either in person or virtually.

Please forward these links on to your health sector colleagues or health sector stakeholders who may want to attend as well.

"It’s an incredibly busy time for the health sector, and we quickly heading towards the end of the year. I know it can be really difficult to make the time to attend these types of events, either in person or virtually," says Martin.

“I really do encourage people to join if they can. South Island attendees I spoke to found it really informative and were pleased they participated.  People in the health sector workforce are not only central to but critical in delivering the health system transformation. It’s really important staff at all levels know what the reforms will deliver for them and for the people, whānau and communities they care for,” Martin says.


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