Mahitahi Hauora

June 28, 2019, 4:37 p.m.

This week Northland primary care is undergoing a significant transformational change agenda on the Treaty of Waitangi grounds. 

This change is marked by the launch of new primary health entity, Mahitahi Hauora, the result of a ground-breaking collaboration between General Practice, Māori Health Providers, Iwi and Northland District Health Board.

The venue for this launch symbolises a renewed commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, including improving Māori health outcomes.  

Health Minister Dr David Clark is attending the launch at Te Rūnanga Marae – Waitangi Treaty Grounds to officially launch Mahitahi Hauora alongside the Mahitahi Hauora Chair, Eru Lyndon.

Mahitahi Hauora:

  • Is a new primary care entity that replaces Te Tai Tokerau and Manaia Health Primary Health Organisations from 1 July 

  • Will be the single primary care entity responsible for allocating resources to priorities that whānau, communities and providers identify via locality driven planning

  • Exists to support a primary healthcare system that sustains equitable, self-determined wellbeing and ensures every person has an opportunity to live a long healthy life 

  • Aims to close the equity gap by working on multiple levels within the health and social system.

The key changes:

  • Mahitahi Hauora will take a broader focus approach to addressing the wider determinants of wellbeing, including social, economic, and environmental factors

  • Service and resource needs will be identified and designed in collaboration with whānau, iwi and community

  • Challenges to the primary healthcare workforce will be addressed by expanding and reallocating the work across a broader care team.

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