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An unhealthy health climate

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OPINION: As mental health and addiction service providers met with Minister of Health David Clark in Hamilton this week, I couldn't help but wonder if we'll be declaring a public health sector emergency in New Zealand anytime soon.

We've declared climate emergencies all over the country and according to Associate Minister of Health, Julie Anne Genter, who was in Christchurch the same day as Clark was in Hamilton, the single biggest risk to our health now, is our changing climate.

She launched sustainability guidelines for New Zealand's District Health Boards (DHBs) while she was in Christchurch this week. The same day providers met in Hamilton to workshop how we're tackling our lacking mental health services under the Government's $455 million boost for mental health in its Wellbeing budget.

While launching the guidelines Genter said, "the single biggest risk to our health now is our changing climate".

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I wondered if those who have experienced New Zealand's so-called cancer treatment postcode lottery agreed. Or how women who have given birth on our roadsides, because of how far our rural maternity services have slipped, felt about that. Or if staff at our DHBs........

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