Health Coalition Aotearoa has provided a briefing to the incoming Parliament (read here) today, setting out specific prevention actions and policies for the new Government’s first 100 and 1000 days to make a significant difference to the health and wellbeing of all New Zealanders.
First 100 days:
Initiate consultation with Māori and Iwi providers about how to ensure better outcomes for Māori health, following the disestablishment of Te Aka Whai Ora
Urgently strengthen youth vaping regulations
With Māori leadership, implement the tobacco control measures for Smokefree 2025 (denicotinisation, retailer numbers reduction and smokefree generation)
Increase the alcohol levy to replace alcohol sponsorship of sports and events for a period of five years
Commit to develop a national food and nutrition strategy within the term of Government
Commit to baseline funding of Ka Ora, Ka Ako – the free healthy school lunches programme
Instruct the Ministry of Health to develop and design a sugary drinks industry levy
First 1000 days:
Achieve Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 goal for all population groups.
Implement effective regulations to reduce youth vaping
Achieve a reduction in alcohol harm with new, Te Tiriti-centred alcohol laws
Expand Ka Ora, Ka Ako to 50 per cent of all schools
Achieve a reduction in consumption of sugary drinks and reformulation of beverages with a 20 per cent sugary drinks levy
Progressively increase the annual investment in prevention (public health) to 5 per cent of the health budget within the term of Government