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Great line-up for the Creating Solutions virtual conference

25 May 2021 ASMS

Registrations are now open for the Creating Solutions – Towards better health equity for all conference. The virtual conference is on 2-3 July and is being co-hosted by ASMS and the Canterbury Charity Hospital Trust. We have put together an exciting programme of national and international speakers and health sector leaders.

The conference will be opened by the Health Minister Andrew Little with a keynote address by the established British health equity researcher Sir Michael Marmot.  All those attending will be asked to actively contribute to practical solutions to growing health inequities, and a list of recommendations will be taken to government. This is going to be a worthwhile and meaningful event, which also qualifies for CME points, so register now to take part.

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

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