April 26, 2021
Health authority a game change for Maori
The head of a Northland Māori health organisation says the latest health reform is a chance to create a primary health care system that works for Māori.
Te Ropu Poa from Te Hau Ora O Nga Puhi says the decision to create a Māori Health Authority alongside the new national entity HealthNZ is game-changing,
"I'm excited because then we are able to prioritise primary care as Māori, look at disease prevention, the improvement of screening for cancer, diabetes, chronic heart disease, the respiratory system, maternity services and pharmacy, having the ability to contribute and lead in those areas will certainly help our people,” she says.
Te Ropu Poa says with the power to commission services, the Māori Health Authority will be able to shift funding for iwi and Māori organisations from six or 12-month contracts to multi-year contracts that will give them greater stability and the ability to be strategic about what they offer.
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