Changing Minds Forums
Changing Minds invites you to attend our monthly public forums. These forums provide an opportunity to share information and to network with others in the mental health and addictions sector.
2014 will see more interactive workshops delivered at the forums, in addition to our usual programme of speakers. We welcome suggestions from our members and if there are any topics in particular that you would like us to cover please get in touch by ringing our office on 09 623 1762 or by emailing email@example.com.
Details of upcoming 2014 forums will be posted here as they become available.
Friday 26th September 2014 – 1pm to 3pm
Grey Lynn Community Centre – Garden Room
- Rights/obligations when dealing with Housing NZ, and resolving housing, tenancy and other related issues.
If you missed the forum you can read about the Ministry of Social Development social housing changes here - 20140926 Social housing – Changing Minds
Information about Housing Call 2 Action and the Tenancy Protection Association - Housing Call 2 Action
Friday 29th August
Labour – Jacinda Ardern
Priorities on housing, based on figures to buy housing in Auckland it is going up $75,000 per year. Need to keep at pace with these high costs.
- 10,000 new houses built in Auckland to eliminate the high numbers on the waiting list to go into housing New Zealand homes. Currently five thousand people are on the waiting list.
- Warm and dry housing requirements. This will be done by two things: Installation and introducing lower power bills
- Increase the minimum wage $2 more per hour. To keep up with high costs of sustainable living.
Questions & Answers:
“I want to see New Zealanders build the houses, not getting cheap labour from overseas. Why aren’t there more apprenticeships on offer?”
Answer: People are studying to get these qualifications but need the practical experience as well. Unfortunately employers don’t desire to take on apprentices as they cost them money in the first year. We need to introduce a subsidy for employers to take on apprentices. We also wish to introduce adult and community education.
“I want to see good nutrition and alternative health medication on offer as a subsidy rather than only pharmaceutical medication on offer as a subsidy.”
Answer: This relates to social inclusion of all. Cater to the needs of primary and prevention. My mother takes alternative methods so I absolutely fully understand, but I always make sure she is taking high quality, fully tested products. We wish to introduce: CarePlus. This involves free prescriptions and G.P visits. 250,000 people will be eligible. The aim for this is creating a balance.
“The benefit is not enough money for me to live off”
Answer: We will reassess the benefits, create categories that are most situated for individual situations.
Dr Paul Hutchison – National
Focus and understanding of current policies within health care in New Zealand. Currently New Zealand spends $15billion each year on health. New Zealand is ranked one of the top countries in the western world in health. There is a great focus on children, to achieve their full potential and engagement in exercising their responsibility. National has grown the economy, and continues to do so. Health services we have increased the availability of immunisations, increased surgical procedures also have increased availability of radiotherapy (now can be treated in four weeks.)
Questions and Answers:
Dr Hutchison wished to address a question that was asked to Jacinda.
In relation to alternative medicine and good nutrition, the New York Hospital, have recently increased the use of complimentary nutrition and alongside medication. It is a watch this space as potentially this could evolve into other countries.
Julie-Anne Genter – Green Party
Grew up in Los Angeles, she understands the way of life through accessible, sustainable uses of public transport with strong belief New Zealand needs improved services. She gained her masters in planning practice. The primary focus of the Green party is to grow the economy in a smarter way. National have grown the economy is a short term way which is damaging to our environment and people. Green party aim to protect the beaches by stopping deep sea drilling, she used the example of the disaster that occurred off Gulf of Mexico. The Green party aim to have a fair society, decreasing the inequality gap within communities with a strong focus on child poverty.
Smarter economy to be introduced as a long term approach, this will not create the inequalities in communities and it will not put New Zealand’s environment at a risk.
- Introduce a carbon tax
- Introduce capital gains tax
- Introduce higher tax for those that earn over $140,000 per year.
Aims to destroy the myth that tax is bad, tax can grow the economy in a positive way.
The Green party aim to create better transport services and systems for people living in New Zealand. To decrease the cost of fares as they are currently extremely expensive. Introduce more buses that are more accessible; example of wheelchair, scooter or bike access.
Friday 25th July 2014
Friday 27th June 2014
We’re all equal, right?
Our June forum was explored the theme of Human Rights, and we had fantastic speakers from the Auckland Community Law Centre, the Health and Disability Advocacy Service, and the Health and Disability Commission.
Photos from our June forum on Human Rights:
Where possible we try and record our forums. Here are some audio recordings of forum presentations in 2012:
- Julie Watson - Julie Watson – Human Rights.
- Damian Blake - “Accessing services when presenting with co-existing disorders”
- Sharon Gibson - ”From Mental Illness to Wellness without Medication”
- Nicola Owen – “Save Auckland Disability Law”.