NZ’s health service is failing some communities: building a better national system requires local partnerships
Dr Kaaren Mathias and Dr Sarah Lovell highlight the importance of meaningful community co-design of health services in an article on The Conversation.
Today is World Health day. Themed “our planet, our health”, it re-imagines a world where people have control over their own and the planet’s health.
Globally, the climate crisis is causing premature deaths, malnutrition and poor mental health. Like COVID-19 and other global health threats, the effects of climate change are uneven and exacerbated by socioeconomic and political stressors.
We have begun to recognise that to improve health outcomes and address the social determinants of health, we must act hand-in-hand with local communities.
Each community and health system has its own geography, history, culture and assets, and when these are engaged with, health services are more acceptable, relevant and sustainable. They are also more equitable and increase collective wellbeing.