Rising before dawn, we caught the morning rays as the sun rose on day 22 of the Yes We Care roadshow. After spending the last four days in Auckland, Whangaparoa was the last stop on our Auckland leg before we hit Northland. We got some stunning drone footage of the Whangarei heads from the Brynderwyn hills. All in a day’s work getting the right shots for the mini-documentary we’ve been filming.
While we were in Whangaparoa we heard from Cathy, a mental health nurse who felt like the services in Rodney were being stretched too thin. There was no fat in the system and it was the equivalent of eating their own muscle, affecting the care they could provide. People who work in health are expected to do more with less, affecting the quality of care they would like to provide. She was concerned that while the community was growing, funding was not keeping up with an ageing and growing population.
This story, unfortunately is one we’ve heard across the country. People who work in health do so, not just for a job, but because they care about the people they work with. When the care we provide is impacted by things like under-funding, or lack of staff, it’s incredibly frustrating. We don’t go to work to do a mediocre job, yet because of the issues we are facing, it’s becoming the new reality. We need people who work in health to speak out about what they’re seeing in order for change to happen. You can share your story at YesWeCare.nz/share-your-story