The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), if signed, may constrain public policy steps in NZ to address climate change, and other public health risks.
A coalition of health organisations including OraTaiao voiced these concerns in an article published on 28 October 2014 in NZ Doctor Online, entitled 'The impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership on health: Why an independent, comprehensive health impact assessment is crucial prior to signing' (link to article here). This article is supported by:
The NZ Nursing Organisation (NZNO)
College of Nurses Aotearoa NZ
Medical Students for Global Awareness
Alcohol Action NZ
NZ College of Midwives
New Zealand Medical Students' Association
Auckland University Medical Students' Association
Associated collaborative media release from health sector organisations here. OraTaiao media release here.
Dr Josh Freeman wrote an associated opinion piece in the NZ Herald, published 31 October 2014: Trade deal needs urgent check up
- Radio NZ, 29 Oct 2014: Medical workers demand TPP review
- Radio NZ, 29 Oct 2014: Health workers demand scalpel be taken to TPP (audio)
- Radio NZ, 29 Oct 2014: Māori health fears under TPP
- NZ Doctor, 29 Oct 2014: Push for health check on trade deal before NZ signs up
- Pharmacy Today, 29 Oct 2014: Health professionals call for trade deal health check
- Scoop NZ, 28 Oct 2014: NZMA supports call for TPPA assessment
This action follows on from an open letter to the Prime Minister in May 2014 (initiated by OraTaiao), that had over 270 health professional signatories (link to open letter).