March 02, 2018
Well being more than health at South Dunedin’s Te Kaika
The head of the Otakou Runanga says Te Kaika which opened in Caversham this week is not a health centre but a well being centre.
As well as Te Mataora which provides affordable GP and dental services, the former school houses social services and clinics which will be used by the University of Otago to train a number students in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and physiotherapy.
Donna Matahaere-Atariki says people in south Dunedin have been poorly served for health and social services, with they can now get in the place without having to travel across the city.
"When you look at all those who are historically under-served by our institutions you will come across Maori, Pacific and other low income groups. We wanted to have more than a health service. We wanted to look at bringing together a number of clinicians and professionals in the interests of whanau dealing wth the immediate social determinants that impact on whanau life," she says.
Opening Te Kaika, former minister Dame Tariana Turia said it was exactly what she intended for Whanau Ora and an inspirational model of collaboration.
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