April 28, 2013
DHB opens clinics on Waipareira site
The Waitemata District Health Board has become the first DHB to co-locate secondary services with a whānau ora provider.
It was welcomed this morning to Te Whānau ō Waipareira’s Whānau House, where it has leased 500 square metres to run up to a dozen clinics.
Some pre and post natal services have been running at the centre behind the main Henderson shopping precinct since the start of the year, with vision and hearing testing, chronic care management for diabetes and other services set to follow.
Waipareira Chief Executive John Tamihere says what’s on offer will evolve as the parties assess the needs of the community and decide where clinics are best located.
Whānau House also houses a pharmacy, a dental practice, an optometrist, and other health and welfare services including those run by the West Auckland trust.
He says what’s important is that providers understand that whānau ora is not just about co-location but about sharing information so the community is served more effectively.
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