News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


The Wellbeing of Children

23 June, 2014

The Wellbeing of Children

The New Zealand Psychological Society (NZPsS) commends the “Tick for Kids” campaign. This campaign asks us all to uphold our responsibility to support and enhance the health and wellbeing of our children and their communities.

The NZPsS agrees that focusing on the physical, mental, emotional and social wellbeing of children in Aotearoa/New Zealand is essential to the wellbeing of our country. There is increasing evidence that poverty is part of the causation of mental health problems.

Director of Social Issues at the NZPsS, Quentin Abraham says that it is time that all political parties acknowledge that poverty, unhealthy living conditions, barriers to accessing health care, lack of educational attainment and exposure to violence are issues that impact disproportionately on children and require urgent and concerted action. Whilst communities can assist, it is governments who must take the initiative to make laws and policies to guide focused action and alleviate the lifelong effects of poverty.

We would like all our children to have the life chances and opportunities that the majority of New Zealanders would agree are fundamental to a satisfying and productive life. We look forward to a cross party consensus that will mobilise the public and political will to provide the investment, effort and commitment from us all to meet the needs of our children and in doing so the wellbeing of our country.

We believe that there is widespread support in Aotearoa/New Zealand for us to meet our commitment to the basic human and civil rights of children. Child poverty and other issues impacting on the wellbeing of children are political issues which need the consideration and action of us all.

About the New Zealand Psychological Society
The New Zealand Psychological Society is the largest professional association for psychologists in New Zealand. It has over 1500 members and subscribers and aims to improve individual and community wellbeing by representing, promoting and advancing the scientific discipline and practice of psychology.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Howard Davis: Never Too Old To Rock & Roll - Jethro Tull

As Greil Marcus recently observed in an NYRB review of Robbie Robertson's autobiographical Testimony, in rock and roll there is always an origin story. In the case of Jethro Tull founder Ian Anderson, he claims to have been influenced by his father's big band and jazz record collections and the emergence of rock music in the 1950s, but became disenchanted with the "show biz" style of early US stars like Elvis Presley... More>>

October: Alice Cooper Returns To NZ

It was March 1977 when Alice Cooper undertook his first ever concert tour of New Zealand – and broke attendance records. 40 years on and this revered entertainer continues to surprise and exude danger at every turn, thrilling audiences globally! More>>

ALSO:

Howard Davis Review: The Contemporary Relevance Of Denial

Denial has all the hallmarks of a riveting courtroom drama. Based on a 1996 British libel case that author David Irving brought against Lipstadt, the movie has been criticized as flat and stagey, but it nonetheless conveys a visceral clarity of vision and sense of overwhelming urgency. More>>

Obituary: John Clarke Dies Aged 68

Andrew Little: “I grew up with Fred Dagg and I am devastated by John Clarke’s death. He taught us to laugh at ourselves and more importantly laugh at our politicians.” More>>

ALSO:

Howard Davis: Colin McCahon's 'on Going Out With The Tide'

Curated by Wystan Curnow and Robert Leonard, On Going Out with the Tide features major works that have been assembled from public and private collections across New Zealand and Australia. It focusses on McCahon’s evolving engagement with Māori subjects and themes, ranging from early treatments of koru imagery to later history paintings which refer to Māori prophets and investigate land-rights issues. More>>

Howard Davis: Rodger Fox Gets Out The Funk

By now a living New Zealand legend, band leader and trombonist Rodger Fox has performed with some of the biggest names in the jazz business, including Louie Bellson, Bill Reichenbach, Chuck Findley, Randy Crawford, Bobby Shew, Lanny Morgan, Bruce Paulson, Diane Schuur, Arturo Sandoval, David Clayton-Thomas, and Joe Williams, to name only a few. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news