28 Jun 2019

New health organisation called Mahitahi Hauora launched in Northland

12:29 pm on 28 June 2019

A new entity merging primary health organisations in Northland has been launched to help improve health outcomes for Māori.

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Mahitahi Hauora was launched at the Waitangi Treaty grounds (file photo). Photo: 123rf.com

Mahitahi Hauora will bring together Manaia and Te Tai Tokerau Primary Health Organisations.

It is a partnership between GPs, Māori health providers, iwi and the Northland District Health Board.

Chief executive Phillip Balmer said it marks a significant mindset change and the main focus is to address inequities for Māori.

He said the Waitangi Treaty grounds were chosen for this morning's launch to reflect renewed commitment to te Tiriti.

"And a commitment to improving the well-being of the Northland community but more specifically for Māori and to improve health outcomes.

"Given our deeper understanding about the determinants of health within the Northland context, we will take a broader and more joined-up approach with other sectors and agencies so that we can leverage opportunities or learn from other initiatives that are improving the health and wellbeing of Northlanders," Mr Balmer said in a statement.

He said given the challenges of geography and population differences, solutions will be tailored to the local context and include relevant partners at the table such as employment, education, housing, health and social services.

Mahitahi will start officially on Monday.

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