As the pre-election rhetoric ramps up it's important for us to take a deep breath and consider where we stand.
As individuals we have family and personal issues, as business owners or taxpayers we have issues, but as health professionals working directly with people and communities we see the impact of government policies more often than most.
As a doctor I believe we have a responsibility to care not only for the person in front of me, but also their whānau, and the community in which they live. Medicine is a personal issue, but cannot be divorced from context and "place".
Recently the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) produced a statement and resource that focuses on the social determinants of health and the issue of inequity that underpins so much of the burden we see our communities carry.
The RACP believe our politicians need to focus on:
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