Supplementary Order Paper No 171

No 171

House of Representatives

Supplementary Order Paper

Tuesday, 31 May 2022

Pae Ora (Healthy Futures) Bill

Proposed amendments

Matt Doocey, in Committee, to move the following amendments:

Clause 4

In clause 4, replace the definition of health entity (page 6, lines 33 and 34) with:

health entity means Health New Zealand, HQSC, the Māori Health Authority, the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission, Pharmac, or NZBOS

Clause 41

In clause 41(1), replace paragraph (b) (page 28, lines 30 to 32) with:

(b)

consult the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission and any other health entities, individuals, and organisations that the Minister considers are reasonably likely to be affected by the health strategy.

Clause 43B

In clause 43B, replace paragraph (c) (page 29, lines 33 and 34) with:

(c)

consult Health New Zealand, the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission, and the Māori Health Authority and have regard to their views; and

Explanatory note

In the preparation of a Government Policy Statement, the Minister is required to engage with organisations the Minister considers appropriate. In preparing a health strategy, the Minister is required to consult with health entities or groups considered as reasonably likely to be affected. However, the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission is not defined as either of these in the Bill. In developing the New Zealand Health Plan, HNZ and the MHA are only required to take into account the “role” of the Commission. Coupled with no specific inclusion of mental health and wellbeing at the strategic level, this weakens the Bill’s commitment to supporting a mental health and wellbeing approach. Consistent with a long-term approach to improving mental health and the Commission’s role to monitor and report on progress to broaden service access, specific reference to these functions would provide a level of assurance for the public that the focus on wellbeing is both holistic and enduring and will be actively monitored. This Supplementary Order Paper adds these references to the bill.