Wed 2 Dec 2020 AT 12:30 pm

Is There a Role for Local Government in the New Health and Disability Framework? WEBINAR

The evidence is clear that most of our health is created in the places in which we are born, live, work, age and play. The pandemic has only reinforced that we need more secure and empowered local communities, able to act effectively on their own wellbeing. Consequently, responsiveness to place is critical for an effective health and disability system; it needs to be recognised in the way in which our health and disability system is organised.

With our health and disability sector facing its most significant changes for two decades, it is timely to reflect on how the interests of communities and whanau will be given effect. LGNZ invites you to an exciting webinar where you can hear a range of panellists consider this question from a number of perspectives. Panellists include:

    • Anna Matheson: Senior Lecturer in Health Policy VUW;
    • Ian Powell; Health commentator and former Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists
    • Steve Chadwick; Mayor Rotorua Lakes District

      Since local government’s purpose is to promote social well-being and, under the Health Act 1956 it has a duty to “improve, promote and protect public health”, what role could, or should, councils and local communities play in the proposed health reforms.

      • Are they an opportunity for councils to support and empower communities so that their needs and priorities are understood and addressed by the health and disability system?
      • Could they be a gateway that will see local government being a partner with central government in developing and delivering its well-being objectives?

        Register in advance for this meeting:

          Please Note: Background papers are available to download on registration.

          For more information contact: Mike Reid at