February 02, 2021
Northland providers put hand up for health role
Northland Māori health providers say they’re ready to lead community and primary care services in the region should the Northland District Health Board be disestablished.
Health reforms now under consideration by the government could include significant changes to the current DHB structure.
Northland Māori Health Provider Alliance spokesperson Bill Halkyard says here needs to be a shift from thinking about health as something to assess, fix and treat, to thinking about wellness or oranga.
The alliance wants to see a new commissioning entity for Northland that would engage with government not just on health but housing, employment, social services, education and other services.
That’s seen as a way to address the social determinants of health and address the root causes rather than just focus on the symptoms.
Mr Halkyard says Māori health and social services provider network operate in virtually every town and city in Northland.
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