Tēnā koutou to all our health partners,
Although it’s been another disruptive year, there have been a few highlights that I’d like to share.
The appointment of Aged Care Commissioner Carolyn Cooper early this year was a huge step forward for the sector. The mahi Carolyn is undertaking is already making an impact. We know there’s a lot more to do and we’re right behind the industry in the fight for increased funding as our elderly population and demand for complex care, continue to grow.
The establishment of Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand, the Māori Health Authority, and the New Ministry for Disabled People are also significant. We have high hopes that these organisations will work together to achieve more equitable health outcomes for all New Zealanders.
We’re under no illusion that 2023 is shaping up to be another challenging year for businesses and finding and retaining qualified health workers is an ongoing battle. We remain committed to working with you to find new and innovative ways to ease the load on your people.