August 04, 2020
Equity standards to improve care from GPs
The new chair and deputy chair of Te Akoranga a Māui, The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners’ Māori representative group, say tikanga needs to be valued, and incorporated into all general practices to ensure people can visit their doctor in a way that is culturally safe.
The chair is Dr Rachel Mackie from Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Hine, and Ngāti Whātua, a clinical project lead at Waitematā DHB, and her deputy is Tokoroa GP Dr Jason Tuhoe from Hauraki, Ngāpuhi, and Ngāti Pikiao.
Dr Mackie says the college has developed an equity module as part of its quality standards which demonstrates how GP practices can work to improve health outcomes for Māori and other underrepresented populations by being more targeted to individual and cultural needs that can make significant differences to patient’s care.
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