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Registrations are open! Creating Solutions conference

9 April 2021 ASMS

ASMS is excited to be co-hosting the Creating Solutions conference alongside the Canterbury Charity Hospital Trust.

The conference on July 2-3 features an exciting lineup of health sector leaders who will speak to a broad range of thought-provoking topics over the course of the two days.

Some of the topics include:

  • How to address poverty in a low wage economy and high-cost country
  • Ethnic and Cultural Prejudice: the long-term effects of colonisation
  • Universal free access to health care
  • How health workforces can encourage affirmative action
  • Public health literacy
  • What to do about unmet need

Read the programme here

Our international guest speaker is Sir Michael Marmot from University College London. Sir Michael has led a research group on health inequities for the past 30 years and will be speaking to the concept of proportionate universalism.

The Minister of Health Andrew Little will open the conference.

This conference will be completely virtual and will not simply be another ‘chalk and talk’ fest.

All those attending will be asked to actively contribute to practical solutions that they believe can help address growing health inequities. From that a list of recommendations will be taken to government.

This is going to be a worthwhile and meaningful event so register now to take part.

Click here to register

A word from our conference patron Sir Jerry Mateparae GNZM, QSO, KStJ, Former Governor-General of New Zealand

We New Zealanders like to think that ours is a land of equal opportunity.  However, equal opportunity in accessing and benefitting from our health system has not addressed an inequity of health outcomes.  It is not simply the health system that has perpetuated inequitable health outcomes, there are socio-economic issues at play too.  In a recent study the groups of people with only fair or poor health were people not in the labour force and the unemployed, those aged 75 years or older, sole parents, and Māori and Pacific peoples. I congratulate the conference organizing team for setting an agenda to look at the health system and how it could be better applied to address the inequities in health outcomes for all New Zealanders.  

Download the poster here: Creating solutions – towards better health equity for all poster