Kirsten Murfitt, Principal of KM Law, is running as a candidate for the District Health Board in the local elections.
The public health system faces a number challenges with a growing and aging population and supporting patients with complex health needs. Our response to these challenges requires strong leadership, early intervention and partnering with our community and other Government agencies.
Did you know that 27% of the BOP population has a disability of some form (2013 Census). Add family members and friends and the number of people affected by disability is significant.While the DHB’s focus on the National Health Targets is important, the DHB must ensure that the needs of our community (including those with a disability) are met through:-
prevention and early intervention;
better community health services;
partnering with community and Government agencies; and
reducing inefficiencies and waste.
Kirsten is both a mother of a child with special needs and an experienced commercial solicitor. Due to her 9-year-old son’s health needs, Kirsten is an experienced user of the health and disability services in the Bay of Plenty. This day-to-day experience, combined with her commercial acumen as a solicitor make her the perfect candidate for the role as a board member of your local District Health Board.For more information on why Kirsten wants to be elected to the Bay of Plenty District Health Board please click here.