About the Open Forum category

This is a publicly visible category, to promote constructive discussions about health in Aotearoa New Zealand. Please only post what you are able and comfortable posting publicly (e.g., media can view this discussion, too); it will be carefully moderated. Private discussions among health professionals can continue by logging in to Health Forum NZ.

Anyone can read the posts here, but to reply and contribute, you will need to create an account that has the required fields for a username, email address, password, contact number, and your ethnicity. You will be asked to verify your email address, to activate the account. This process can take a few minutes, or even 30mins, depending on your email server.

The information you supply will be kept confidential, on this securely hosted platform. The purpose of the information requested is:

  • Username - This is the moniker that will be publicly linked to posts you make.
  • Email/contact number - This information will be kept confidential, with only moderators of this site having access to these details. The purpose of having this information is to confirm your identity and to enable us to contact you if needed. These are standard information requests for online platform usage and help ensure users are authentic.
  • Password - This is only known to you, and is to access your account.
  • Ethnicity - Data is a living tāonga that is of strategic value. For example, Māori data refers to data produced by Māori or that is about Māori and the environments Māori have relationships with. Such data can only be identified by collecting self-identified ethnicity information. As Māori data is subject to the rights articulated in the Treaty of Waitangi and the UN’s Declaration on the rights of Indigenous Peoples, to which Aotearoa New Zealand is a signatory, Māori data collected on healthforum.nz will be used according to the principles of the Te Mana Raraunga Charter.

Please send an email to support@healthforum.nz if you are having difficulties or queries.

Private discussions

If you are a part of Aotearoa NZ’s health sector, you can sign up to be a member of Health Forum NZ, and create new or join existing private discussions. This public forum will be moderated, and suggestions may be posted when a discussion might be better moved to a private forum.

  • Why should people use this category? What is it for?
    As we reflect on the advice and findings of the Health and Disability System Review (HDSR), implementing a better health system requires a wide conversation to better inform decision-makers and ensure we all have a place to voice our opinions, questions, and thoughts. This is a national forum for this discussion to be had digitally.

  • How exactly is this different than the other categories we already have?
    This category will be the first public category on HFNZ, so how this works remains to be seen.

We look forward to your thoughts and input!