December 26, 2018
Northern iwi keen on health reform
Northern iwi are looking at ways to work together to improve health delivery for Māori.
Nine iwi and Tainui Health last week attended a hui called by Waitematā DHB chief executive Dale Bramley which discussed ways district health boards and iwi could work on common goals and share information and strategies.
Dr Bramley, who is of Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Hine and Te Whānau-ā-Apanui descent, says the combined union will work to reduce the health inequities experienced by Māori.
Dame Rangimarie Naida Glavish, Waitemata DHB’s chief advisor tikanga, says co-governance within the Northland, Waitemata, Auckland DHBs will deliver a strategic and holistic approach to health care that puts Māori intelligence and sense-of-whānau at the centre of patient experience.
She describes it as a whānau ora approach.
Counties Manukau and Waikato could also be part of the strategy.
Ngāpuhi Rūnanga chair Sonny Tau says many Māori feel disengaged from the health system, which contributes to poor health outcomes.
A second hui will be held in February.
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