In June this year the Community Energy Network unanimously endorsed the Equally Well consensus position paper and since endorsing have set about developing an action plan which has now been signed off by their Board.

CEN are a network of organisations dedicated to delivering effective energy-efficient solutions for warm, dry and healthy homes, job creation and more resilient communities. The Network’s members span the length and breadth of New Zealand.
Some of the key parts of CEN’s Equally Well action plan are to:

  • build the mental health literacy of their workforce, including the physical health disparities experienced by people with mental health problems and/or addiction
  • raise the healthy homes literacy of people working in the mental health and addiction sector 
  • prioritise people with mental health problems and/or addiction for home insulation
  • advocate for Healthy Home funding to be made a priority for people who experience mental health problems and/or addiction, based on the evidence of significant physical health co-morbidities, especially respiratory conditions.

CEN’s executive officer, Gareth Cartwright said:

I am delighted the Network has joined the Equally Well collaborative and that we are making it our business to address these health disparities. Our members are committed to improving outcomes for New Zealanders, particularly those groups of our population who face disadvantage and discrimination. The principles and work of the Equally Well collaborative align directly with ours and we are committed to working with others to make a difference in our spheres of influence.