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Reorienting health systems towards communities: Why do it? What are some good ideas for achieving it?

The Alma Ata Declaration, the Ottawa Charter and more recently the international movement towards people-centred health systems - have all persuasively argued for health systems to reorient towards people and community realities. Progress however is stubbornly elusive. This is evident in the increasing burden of non-communicable diseases, the persistence of health inequality by social group and the acceleration of wealth inequality. In this talk I will argue that our limited progress is in part because we have failed to effectively devolve power, resources and control to communities despite the policy intention to do so. Drawing on almost 20 years of listening to communities around Aotearoa - and thinking about complex social systems - I will discuss opportunities for reorienting health systems. Covid-19 has highlighted local vulnerabilities in the ways communities participate and are organised, but it has also shed light on some great ideas to leverage system change.

Important: COVID19 Level 2 social distancing guidelines will be in place for this seminar.

Via zoom:

Date Friday, 25 September 2020
Time 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Audience Public
Event Category Health Sciences
Event Type Seminar
LocationSmall Lecture Theatre, Level D, University of Otago Wellington

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