September 24, 2021
No time for tinkering in Māori Health Authority
One of the inaugural board members for the Māori Health Authority says it’s a chance to put the proper level of resource into Māori health rather than tinkering round the edges.
Awerangi Tamihere, who is the chief operating officer for the North Island Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency and Te Whānau o Waipareira Trust, says the solutions for Māori health exist, but the money has gone to others.
“That requires looking at where money currently goes into mainstream organisations in personal health and public health and say ‘what is being provided by other entities, other organisations to deliver to Māori when in fact that money just needs to shift to Māori to be able to do it themselves,'” she says.
Ms Tamihere says when money does go to mainstream secondary and tertiary services like hospitals, there needs to be robust reporting so they are accountable for outcomes for Māori.