August 20, 2019
Able voice for disabled in health board election
Disabled advocate Huhana Hickey is mounting what she calls a poor person's campaign for a seat in Counties District Health Board.
Dr Hickey, who lives with multiple sclerosis, says she was spurred into action by seeing the way the Government set up a health and disability review group with no disabled representation.
She wants to get community voices into decision making roles.
"A lot of my Māori friends here in South Auckland are disabled and a lot of them don't have a voice or get misunderstood or misrepresented when they go into the health system so i guess what i want to do is have that face, have that voice and get it out there," Dr Hickey says.
The extent of poor Māori health is visible in South Auckland, but it could be improved by putting more resources into Māori primary health services.
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