It will be interesting to hear what Associate Minister of Health Nicky Wagner has to say about the direction of aged care in New Zealand when she takes to the stand at the New Zealand Aged Care Association’s annual conference, which takes place in Rotorua in less than two weeks.

With the combined impact of the pay equity settlement implementation, the RN qualification equivalency announcement and immigration policy changes all taking their toll, providers won’t want to miss what the Minister has to say on the morning of Day 2 of the conference.

Morning tea is all that separates the Minister’s address and the political panel discussion.  Radio New Zealand’s Kim Hill will facilitate the panel, consisting of representatives from most of the major political parties.

With the election a mere 17 days away, it is bound to be a contentious debate as panellists discuss what is the right path for New Zealand’s aged care sector.

Panellists include the chair of the Health Select Committee, Simon O’Connor; Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson Jenny Salesa; NZ First’s Fletcher Tabuteau; Barry Coates from the Green Party; and the Hon Te Ururoa Flavell from the Maori Party.

Panellists will be asked to address the areas of their party health policies particularly relating to aged residential care, immigration, the pay equity settlement and the ARRC contract. Each representative will get five minutes to address delegates, before a question and answer session.  The audience will also get an opportunity to ask questions.

NZACA’s 2017 conference will be held at Rotorua Energy Events Centre from 5-7 September. More information on the NZACA 2017 conference can be found here.

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