March 05, 2014
Maori focus in stroke response
The Stroke Foundation is looking at what it needs to do to be more responsive to the needs of Maori communities.
The foundation is holding its first national staff conference after the amalgamation last year of three regional stroke areas with the foundation’s national office.
Its national Maori health advisor, Nita Brown, says staff are looking at a range of issues and hearing from experts in brain function and injury.
She says a lot of Maori whanau are affected by stroke.
"We are fortunate to have a lot of people in the organization who do work at the front line with our whanau, so it’s important for the organisation to learn how to engage appropriately, as well as look for the future development of the workforce in employing more Maori into this organisation, which is the obvious need for our communities out there," she says.
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