Two International experts are coming to the BOP District Health Board to share their latest research on the impact of ageing and how to empower populations to age well.
Prof Carol Jagger is the AXA Chair in Epidemiology of Ageing in Newcastle
Prof Ngaire Kerse is recognised as an international expert in maximising health for older people, falls and older people, and the impact of physical activity on development of disability
Bookings are essential before Friday 7 December
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Living life well
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the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development is seeking submissions on Healthy Housing Standards to make rental properties healthier warmer and drier. Read about this process.
This link has the background, the discussion document on standards and how to give feedback – you can use their online survey and choose which bits you want to focus on.
Download and read a Submission to Healthy Homes Standards – from the Healthy Homes Initiative.
The writer is happy for people to copy and paste from their submission or support their submission.
Consultation closes 22 October.
The community sector is an essential part of a healthy thriving society. From housing and health to emergency support and everything in-between, the community sector plays a critical role in individual family, whānau and community wellbeing.
But many in the community sector are operating under severe financial strain. And this strain is having a real impact on the ability of community organisations to meet the needs of people in their community.
The funding issue is critical and one that we’re pushing. Our approach to tackling the issue is twofold. First we talk with Government about the issues, and we will keep the pressure on until we see change. But another strand of work is crucial. And that’s growing understanding about the community sector, both with decision-makers, and the public. When people understand what the community sector does and its important role, it helps to increase pressure for change – and it makes it harder for politicians to turn away and ignore the funding crisis. We’re currently exploring how we can do this. But one thing is certain, the severe underfunding of the community sector cannot continue.
SociaLink is a member of Community Networks Aotearoa (CNA), they are the umbrella organisation for local community networks throughout Aotearoa New Zealand. Our goal is to empower and strengthen the community sector by supporting community networks across Aotearoa.
Recently we heard that Oranga Tamariki social workers and Government have reached a pay equity settlement. This is wonderful news, the contribution of social workers cannot be overstated. However, my mind turns to social workers in the NGO sector, with many NGOs struggling to get by, the risk is that the pay of their social workers (and indeed others!) will slip further and further behind, making it hard for the sector to retain much needed people.
A solution must be found.