On Wednesday 24th November Māori Party Co-leader Turiana Turia launched the Whānau Ora integrated Services Delivery Study.
Mrs Turia says the study is a tangible contribution which measures the difference that Māori health providers are making to the health and wealth of the nation. The study which was conducted by Mauriora-ki-te-Ao/Living Universe Ltd, looks into how Māori health providers deliver integrated services across health and other sectors.
There are 260 Māori health providers throughout the country,this study focussed on the following 6:
– He Oranga Pounamu (Christchurch),
– Ngāti Porou Hauora (Te Puia Springs),
– Ora Toa Health Services (Porirua),
– Raukura Hauora o Tainui (Waikato),
– Te Oranganui Iwi Health Authority (Whanganui) and
– Tui Ora Ltd (Taranaki).
- Māori providers have strong links with their communities placing them in a unique position to respond to their needs and realities.
- Māori providers are required to deliver both a clinically sound and culturally competent service.
- Māori providers were competent in meeting the multiple and complex health needs of there clients
- There was difficulty in embedding whānau perspectives into the design and delivery of services.
- Some service providers worked more collaboratively than others.