April 25, 2021
More effective use of Maori workforce in health reforms
The chief executive of Te Hau Ora O Nga Puhi says the proposed health reforms offer the chance for Māori health organisations to work alongside mainstream rather than underneath.
Te Ropu Poa says the decision to create a Māori Health Authority alongside the new health New Zealand agency is bold and courageous,
She says the authority needs to be well-resourced to work alongside iwi and Māori health organisations.
She wants to see priority given to primary care for Māori, disease prevention, increased screening for cancer, diabetes, heart disease and respiratory conditions, and better distribution of medicines.
It should allow better use of the Māori workforce, including for local pre-screening for conditions rather than having people have to travel long distances for tests.
Ms Poa says if the Māori Health Authority has commissioning authority, it means hauora like hers can get the long term funding they need to develop better services, rather than trying to roll over six and 12-month contracts with all the administration that involves.
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