May 28, 2021
Whanau Ora providers look at total health picture
Whānau Ora collectives from across Te Puku o Te Wheke were in Rotorua today planning for what changes may come from the establishment of a Māori Health Authority.
Awerangi Durie from the Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency says it’s a chance to share data about the current health system, and how little is going into by Māori, for Māori initiatives.
She says at the two previous hui covering the north and south of the island, finding out the total that non-Māori get to supposedly provide services for Māori has been a real ‘ah ha' moment.
"We have been pitted against each other to compete against each other, provider against provider, iwi against iwi, for a very small targeted for Māori, by Māori amount to funding, when in fact we have not be part of the total picture of the total spend for Māori," she says.
Awerangi Durie says the proposed health reforms are a chance for Māori to think abut how they need to act and think in different ways than before.
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