Health inequalities stem from inequities in social aspects including family abuse, family violence, poverty, poor nutrition, a lack of suitable socialisation and healthy, safe accommodation, which many individuals cannot afford. I believe it’s highly unethical for an individual’s future prospects and education level to be dictated by the amount of money their parents earn, or the level of emotional and holistic support a child receives from their parents.
I strongly feel that those in minority groups, youths and young adults who are struggling in life, must be granted an increased amount of privileges so they can reach their full potential and break the ongoing cycle of distress.
Despite the difficult or challenging environment, an individual may be born into, one should still endeavour to seek out role models, professional help and use their weaknesses as strengths. Turning weaknesses and adaptability into strengths and persistence can create a highly dedicated individual. Sometimes disadvantages can provide individuals with important future coping skills, resilience and valuable life lessons.
WE CAN DO BETTER KIWIS!
ABOUT HADLEY GRACE ROBINSON-LEWIS: I’m based in Ōtepoti and my iwi is Ngāi Tahu. I’m an RN, social activist and vice chair for NZNO/TR in the southern region. I’m passionate about psychotherapy, philosophy, charity, social activism and Māori health. My greatest achievement was raising $25,000 for a women’s refuge in Auckland with Habitat for Humanity.