Powering up our Future 2016

Wellington, New Zealand — 18-19 April 2016

Powering Up Our Future: People - Technology - Wellbeing

The Powering Up Our Future Health Symposium in Wellington on 18-19 April 2016 brought together many of New Zealand’s most prominent health and social services leaders and thinkers.

It was opened by the Minister of Health, Hon. Dr Jonathan Coleman, who released the refreshed New Zealand Health Strategy, which has as its central themes for the health sector’s development – people-powered, closer to home, value and high performance, one team and smart system.

The symposium was the first opportunity for a wide range of New Zealand health sector leaders to focus on what implementing the strategy could mean for New Zealanders.

Over the two days, prominent international speakers and consumer representatives provided insights into their experiences and the potential for the future.

It was the first step in powering up New Zealand’s health system for the next 10 years.

Symposium presentations

Mary O'Hagan, former Mental Health Commissioner

Mary is a key initiator of the mental health service user movement in New Zealand and has been an advisor to the World Health Organisation.

She talked from personal experience about the focus of mental health services and how that could be changed to be more effective for consumers.

Transcript (Word, 28 KB)

Dr Catherine Mohr, Vice President of Strategy, Intuitive Surgical, California

A New Zealander, Dr Mohr is a world leading researcher into medicine and robotics. She outlined some of the trends in health technology development in coming years.

Transcript (Word, 30 KB)

Janet Peters, Registered Psychologist

Janet talked about the potential for the health system based on her experiences as both a health professional and a consumer.

Transcript (Word, 17 KB)


Garry Smith, Chief Executive, Selwyn Foundation

Garry is passionate about providing ethical and values-based services for older people and talked about the results of trials using various kinds of robot to improve outcomes for older people in Selwyn homes.

Transcript (Word, 27 KB)

Hemi Hokianga, Consumer Voice

Hemi spoke about the emotional journey to becoming a self-sufficient adult in charge of his care and his life.

Transcript (Word, 7 KB)

Anna Perry, Consumer voice

Anna, 15, has been through her own health journey and is committed to improving the way the health system works for young people.

Transcript (Word, 12 KB)

Chai Chuah, Director-General of Health

In closing the symposium Chai put out a challenge to his health sector colleagues to keep the momentum going.

Transcript (Word, 7 KB)

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