12 Sep 2014

Maori Party launches health policy

9:03 pm on 12 September 2014

The Maori Party has launched its health strategy, which includes calling for a review into how to implement Maori medicines in to government legislation.

Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell.

Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell speaking earlier in 2014. Photo: RNZ / Diego Opatowski

The co-leader, Te Ururoa Flavell, launched the policy in Rotorua this afternoon.

The document aims to build upon its existing ambitions.

The party has in the past secured funding for areas such as providing free GP visits and prescriptions for tamariki under 13 and prevention and treatment for rheumatic fever.

The new strategy aims include setting up a workforce to look at pay parity for Maori nurses in iwi entities, and free dental care for students and people with a community services card.

Te Ururoa Flavell said it wanted to open the door for Rongoa Maori practitioners to examine how their work fits in to the Health Act.

He said he wanted practitioners to have the ability to have a discussion, and have a say about what their standards should be, and allowing them to establish the guidelines and monitor them.

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