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Thursday 22 February 2024 (Online)

This half-day workshop provides a broad overview of the New Zealand health system and what has shaped it over time. It aims to build an understanding of some of the on-going processes that shape health system change, and the current challenges our health system faces. The workshop is made up of a mixture of seminars by a range of speakers from different parts of the health system, discussions, and a practical exercise. By the end of the workshop, participants should have developed their own mental “map” of the health system and better understand the context and forces that shape the health sector.

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Topics covered  

  • A brief history of the NZ health system
  • Health systems – features and challenges
  • Rhetoric meets reality – health policy making

Style of course

Small group Online – teaching and discussions in a group of up to 30 people via Zoom meeting.

Who should attend?

This workshop is intended primarily for people who have little or no knowledge of the New Zealand health system. Those who might be interested in learning more about the health system include those newly arrived in New Zealand, those who need to know about the health system for their work, and those who are simply curious about this complex and ever changing sector and the types of big picture forces that shape frontline work and professional and public experiences of the health system.

Draft timetable

TimeContent Presenter(s)
9:00am Introductions  
  A brief history of the New Zealand health System Johanna Reidy
10:00am Break 
10:10am Health systems - features and challenges Johanna Reidy
11:00am Break 
11:10am Rhetoric meets reality – health policy making Panel tbc
  Summary and close  
12:00pm Close 

Teaching staff

  • Johanna Reidy Department of Public Health, University of Otago, Wellington. Johanna has worked in a number of roles in the New Zealand health system and overseas. She is a lecturer in the Department of Public health and teaches in the DPH programme.


This half-day course will be held online via zoom.

Course cost and registration

$150 early bird, $200 after Wednesday 20 December 2023.

A 50% discount is available to full-time students, those unwaged and University of Otago staff.

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For more information please contact the course convenor

Contact name
Johanna Reidy
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