Some of you may have noticed our conference theme has changed from ‘Enhancing Equity’ to ‘Achieving Equity’. As part of developing the conference programme, we had a conversation with Māori health and pro-equity consultant who reminded us that equity either exists or it does not. We cannot ‘enhance equity’ when it does not exist. Instead, when inequities are present, there is a requirement to work to achieve equity. The Waitangi Tribunal, in the 2019 WAI2575 report states: “achieving equitable health outcomes should be the kaupapa, or central purpose, of the health system”
We all know there is clear evidence of many inequities in access, experience, and outcomes in rehabilitation - inequities that have very real effects on those who access, or would benefit from access to rehabilitation. Our previous wording of ‘Enhancing Equity’ minimises, if not hides, these inequities.
Because of this, we are changing our theme to ‘Achieving Equity’.