October 31, 2014
New leadership needed to tackle health inequity
People working in Maori health in the central region have been looking at ways to turn around the negative health statistics.
A full house of 300 signed up for this week’s biennial Tu Kaha conference in Hastings, including many rangatahi.
Organising committee chair Riki Nia Nia says the only two negative performance indicators where Maori don’t show up are anorexia and melanoma.
But he says the hui focused on what can be done differently to foster pae ora, a healthy future for all.
Mr Nia Nia says that will require new leadership.
"I've encouraged our young people not just to pursue a career in health but to pursue leadership careers that will put at the top of their priority list the reduction in inequity for our people and so it's been a fantastic experience, both for the rangatahi and the delegates to have 70 rangatahi in attendance and participating and informing discussions about what we need to do differently in the future," he says.
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