15 Jul 2021

Plunket - failing Māori and Pasifika whānau

From Nine To Noon, 9:35 am on 15 July 2021

Plunket has admitted it's failing Māori and Pasifika families, which make up over half its clientele. This concession comes in the wake of Associate Health Minister Ayesha Verrall's recognition this week that services for whānau, babies and pre-school tamariki are out of date and need modernising.

Whānau Āwhina Plunket is the largest provider of Well Child Services nationally, reaching about eight-five percent of families withnew babies and very young children. Its model is many decades old.  The Health Ministry's review of the Well Child Tamariki Ora programme has found not enough is being done to fully engage with, and support Māori, Pacific, disabled and high needs children.  Kathryn speaks with Plunket Chief Executive Amanda Malu, who admits Plunket needs to change to deliver better for Māori and Pacific whānau.

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Photo: Plunket