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Equity

Family Planning is committed to equity, where all people have the opportunity to achieve the highest level of health.

Who you are, where you live, and how much money you have should not affect your health, but it does. In New Zealand, and throughout the world, the enjoyment of good health is not shared universally.

Health outcomes, including sexual and reproductive health outcomes, are linked to factors like income, ethnicity, education, gender and sexual orientation. In New Zealand, the greatest differences in health are usually between New Zealand European and Māori or Pasifika people.

Systems have been set up in a way which favours some groups. To have health equity, policies must ensure people are treated fairly, recognising that people do not have equal access to the same services, information and opportunities.

Family Planning is committed to promoting change across society, government and among health care providers to make sure all people have the chance to live a healthy life.

Government, and health care providers like Family Planning, have a special responsibility to make sure Māori have the same health outcomes as other groups because of our obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi.

Family Planning works to make sure our services, projects and policies promote health equity. This includes making sure we remove barriers to getting services at Family Planning and ensure all staff have the skills, attitudes and knowledge to provide services to all people, across all groups and cultures.

Family Planning speaks out about the need to address challenging societal issues like poverty, violence, and discrimination alongside our work to make sure our health services are accessible and appropriate for all people.

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