Te Tāhū Hauora Health Quality & Safety Commission, a leading advocate for health care improvement, is pleased to announce the successful conclusion of its highly anticipated event, Our voices: The journey to healthy futures | Ō mātou reo: Te huarahi ki pae ora.
The event, held on 25 May 2023 at Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre, brought together a diverse range of health care professionals, policy makers and consumers to collaboratively shape a healthier future for all.
Te Tāhū Hauora director of consumer engagement Deon York says, ‘We believe that everyone's voice matters in the journey towards healthier futures. Our voices provided a platform for meaningful discussions and collaboration among health care professionals and consumers, to address the challenges and opportunities in achieving healthier outcomes for communities in Aotearoa New Zealand.
‘We were thrilled to share this important milestone with the Health Minister, Hon Dr Ayesha Verrall, and witness the engagement and enthusiasm of participants as they shared their perspectives,’ he says.
The event featured an array of thought-provoking sessions, engaging speakers and interactive workshops, including keynote addresses from Francis and Kaiora Tipene (the Casketeers) and cancer survivor Jake Bailey, as well as a heart-warming Q&A session with Dame Valerie Adams and Arrun Soma discussing Dame Valerie’s health journey. Attendees explored key topics such as promoting health equity, honouring mātauranga Māori and the value of lived experience.
‘We extend our gratitude to all participants, speakers and members of the He Hoa Tiaki | Partners in Care team who made Our voices a success. This unique event will undoubtedly have a lasting impact,’ says Deon York.
For more information about the He Hoa Tiaki | Partners in Care consumer and whānau engagement programme, visit: hqsc.govt.nz/consumer.