September 09, 2015
Racism shows up in health funding difference
A Maori health researcher says institutional racism is alive and well in the Ministry of health and district health boards.
Grant Berghan is presenting to this week’s Public Health Association conference in Dunedin on surveys of health providers done in 2010 and 2014.
He looked at funding levels, length of contracts, relationships with the ministry, access to discretional funding, and the contracting process.
"We receive less funding from the government, we have less access to those one off types of funding and we are less likely to be involved in the advisory or steering groups that make decisions," Mr Berghan says.
He says most racism is hidden in institutional policies and practices, but it causes huge damage to Maori health.
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