July 02, 2019
More digging needed as tribunal exposes Hauora flaws
A spokesperson for Te Ora, the Māori Medical Practitioners Association, says the Waitangi Tribunal's stage one Hauora Report is just scratching the surface of the changes needed in the health system.
Sue Crengle, who is a senior researcher with the Ngāi Tahu Māori Health Research Unit at the University of Otago, says Te Ora welcomes the report and is keen to assist the crown and claimants implement the recommendations.
These include drawing up plans for an independent Māori health authority.
She says the tribunal has identified problems that need more focus in the next stages of its inquiry.
"And they’re particularly around the role social determinants of health have, so that’s things like housing, income, education; the role of historical trauma; the state of the Māori health workforce across a whole range of professions and roles," Dr Crengle says.
She says it's great to see things Māori have been saying for decades acknowledged in a formal report.
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