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.
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.