Health Funding Crisis Forum

Health Funding Crisis Forum 2017-06-26T21:57:18+00:00

Join the greatest health minds and activists to make health funding a key election issue. and the Public Service Association invite you to Health Funding Crisis Forums on Saturday 1 July from 10 am – 2 pm.

It’s free and so is lunch. There is an optional media training workshop from 2 pm – 3 pm.

Our main forum will be held in Christchurch. It will be streamed online to hosted events in Auckland, New Plymouth, Wellington, Dunedin, Invercargill, any self-hosted events and online for people who can’t come in person or where there isn’t an event (yet).  Want to host an event in your town?

The pre-election budget is out and the smoke and mirrors around health funding has cleared.

Without action, more Kiwis are going to miss out on the mental and physical health care they need, when they need it.

That’s where you come in.

We’ve invited the most active community groups, workplace and health activists to work on a grassroots election plan.

Campaigning has made mental health a key election issue. We need to keep the pressure up and make physical health funding a key election issue as well.

At the forum, you’ll:

  • Hear about the latest research on unmet need and health underfunding,
  • How campaigning made mental health a key election issue,
  • Learn how to get your story in the media, and
  • Optional: get additional media training (2 – 3 pm).

See our speakers and agenda below.

RSVP at:

  • All events, including any self-organised events: RSVP at
For more information including speakers and the agenda see below.

What are your top three election priorities?

At the conference, we’ll be announcing three health pledges we want all parties, candidates and politicians to commit to in this election. We’re crowd-sourcing the asks and need your help to develop them.

If you or your organisation will struggle with travel costs, please let us know. We have a small fund to help.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Nāku noa, nā.

Simon Oosterman
On behalf of and PSA
027 526 8704

Speakers is excited to welcome our speakers:


Rochelle Carey, super-mum and survivor

Rochelle is a single mum with four kids. She has been suicidal in the past and says what got her through waking up to her four kids every day.

Rochelle courageously spoke out about her personal experience of our mental health crisis.

Dr Sue Bagshaw, Director, 298 Youth Health Trust

Sue Bagshaw has been working in the youth health sector for 30 years. She assiisted in setting up 298 Youth Health where she is the Director. Sue is a Senior Lecturer in the Paediatrics Department, University of Otago, Christchurch.

Sue recently told Radio NZ Christchurch was sitting on a mental health ‘time bomb’. 

Associate Professor Phil Bagshaw, Chairman, Canterbury Charity Hospital Trust

Phil Bagshaw led a study which found 25 per cent of adults are unable to get th primary health care they need. Phil is the Clinical Associate Professor at Otago University, Christchurch.


Robert Read, solo dad, survivor , digital activist

Robert is a 28-year-old full time solo dad to one awesome wee four-year-old. He has a history of suicide ideation and uses his past to help others through their dark times.
Robert runs a suicide prevention facebook page which has gone international.

Robert recently spoke out about his personal experience and the need for more mental health funding on Newshub and the Press.

Bill Rosenberg, Economist, Council of Trade Unions

Bill Rosenberg is the co-author of the authoratitive post-budget health analysis. He calculates health needs over $2 billion just to maintain current limited services. Bill Rosenberg is widely published on globalisation, trade and e-learning and has been an active trade unionist for 30 years

Marney Ainsworth

Kyle MacDonald, Psychotherapist and Activist,  Peoples Mental Health Report

Kyle MacDonald is one of the key drivers behind the crowd-sourced Peoples Mental Health report. He is an experienced psychotherapist who has worked in mental health, addiction, domestic violence and specialist psychotherapy programmes. Kyle is a radio host on “The Nutters Club”, Radio Live and a columist in the NZ Herald. He is a co-director of the Robert Street Clinic.




 10.00 am (sharp) – 10.30 am

Session 1: What’s the matter? (Keynote speakers)

 10.30 am – 11.30 am

Session 2: Campaigning for change

 11.30 am – 12 noon


 12 noon – 12.30 pm

Session 3: Mobilising for change

 12.30 pm – 2 pm

Forum closes

 2 pm

Afternoon tea / Optional media training

 2pm – 3pm