Call for nominations for 2 interim representatives of Māori Caucus to PHA Executve Council

14 May 2019 2:19 PM | Anonymous

Tēnā Tātou Katoa o te Māori Caucus PHANZ,                                                    

He Pānui - A call for nominations

We are currently seeking nominations for 2 interim representatives of Māori Caucus to the Executive Council of the PHANZ.

These 2 interim representatives will sit on PHANZ Executive Council until this year’s PHANZ AGM in September at which point the annual election will be held again for the Māori Caucus representatives for the next 2 years, 2019-2021.

Please consider carefully and nominate candidates who would be active in representing and advocating for Māori needs and issues on PHANZ Council.

We have an expectation that anyone interested in these positions will have the capacity (time and strategic) and commitment to actively engage and participate in both Māori Caucus and Executive Council.

  • Meetings for PHANZ Council are 2-3 face to face all day hui a year plus AGM and zoom meetings as required.
  • Māori Caucus hui are currently bi-monthly.

Māori Caucus has been in a rebuilding phase and we are enjoying positive momentum going into the second half of this year. We need to have strong Māori representatives on Council who can support council decision making, liaise and communicate clearly between Council and Caucus, and are dedicated to promoting Māori Public Health, Te Āo Māori and Te Tiriti perspectives and action on behalf of the Caucus.

If this sounds like you or someone you know then get on to it!!!

NB: For simplicity and transparency in this instance we are using a process similar to the PHANZ general elections.

  • Nominations to be made by 5pm June 13th. Please send all nominations via email to elections registrar Alyssa at PHA@pha.org.nz. Nominations to be accompanied by a 100 word bio/pitch by the nominees.
  • If there are more than 2 nominations there will be an election.
  • In which case nominee bios will be circulated after nominations close after 5pm on the 13th of June for consideration by the wider voting Māori Caucus membership.
  • To be eligible to vote you must be a financial PHANZ member.
  • Votes will be taken by an online voting form which will be available from 9am on the 14th of June until 5pm on June 26th.
  • Results will be announced at the June 27th hui

Ngā mihi mahana

Emma Rawson - Acting Chair, Māori Caucus and PHANZ Kaumatua Pita Pou

Any questions please contact Alyssa pha@pha.org.nz

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As several of the clinicians interviewed pointed out, it’s only when the poverty and over-crowded housing issues are addressed that we will make a real difference.

Rheumatic fever illustrates the contradictions in our health system identified in the recent American Commonwealth Fund report. Of the 11 countries the Fund monitors, the work our health professionals do is ranked among the highest. But our overall performance as a health system falls to the middle ranking because of our poor performance on access and equity. The Fund also notes that our per capita expenditure is among the cheapest. 

Failure to invest in real prevention - that is, poverty, housing, good nutrition etc. - will continue to drive conditions like rheumatic fever, whether the immediate cause is strep throat or skin sores, until we invest upstream.

Why not spend more on these conditions - the economic and social determinants of health? 

We all pay in the long run - the young people whose misery we tolerate and whose potential remains unfulfilled, the families whose sacrifices are unrewarded, and the taxpayer who picks up the tab.

Ngā mihi,
Warren Lindberg

CE Public Health Association of New Zealand

                                            

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