Making a difference for Māori health
Community and Public Health is committed to ensuring positive Māori health outcomes and reducing inequalities. We have a number of projects that specifically address Māori health needs throughout Canterbury, South Canterbury and the West Coast.
Community and Public Health embraces a model of best practice (Te Pae Mahutonga) that promotes and brings together the value of traditional and contemporary viewpoints on Māori wellness and current research to enhance its service delivery.
Our role is working with Māori to assist and to strengthen whānau, hapū and iwi – in addition to liaising with non-Māori.
Community and Public Health works in Māori settings such as Marae, Kura and Kohanga Reo, to develop Māori communities. This so that they are able to make their own healthy choices, and create their own healthy environments.
Community and Public Health have a valuable role in contributing at a population level to ‘living healthy lifestyles’, ‘participating fully in society’ and ‘confidently participating in te ao Māori’.
The current CDHB Māori Health Action Plan (2017-18) also outlines the key activities that Community and Public Health will contribute to as part of the Canterbury health system to improve Māori Health outcomes.
Protection yourself and your whānau from flu this winter
Immunisation against influenza is simply about being healthy says Canterbury’s Medical Officer of Health. Dr Ramon Pink (Te Aupouri, Te Rarawa) is calling on kaumātua to get the flu shot for themselves and their mokopuna.
“This year is the 100th anniversary of the Spanish flu epidemic in 1918. When it came to New Zealand, Māori were significantly impacted compared to Pākehā. It’s interesting that 100 years later, with all of the technology and things we’ve learnt, that the disparity between Māori and Pākehā still persists with respect to influenza.”
Dr Pink has identified a real level of caution among kaumātua and kuia around the idea of putting chemicals into the body. Getting the influenza vaccination is a person’s best protection against the flu and will not make you sick as it does not carry a live virus – contrary to what some believe.
“Getting vaccinated helps keep me healthy, and means I can spend more time with my whānau, my moko,” says Dr Pink. He is encouraging kaumātua and kuia to set the example and get vaccinated this winter. “Encouraging those influential people to get the vaccine is really important because that sends an important signal to the community.”
Contact your general practice team today about getting yourself and your whānau immunised against the flu.
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Nau mai haere mai. This pānui aims to share kōrero on the mahi happening within Community and Public Health and our Māori communities.
Issue 12 – March/April 2018
Welcome to the first edition of Te Mana Ora for 2018. As we have moved forward into the year and begin to plan around the mahi we are doing alongside our Māori communities; one of the highlights for us has been to reflect on our commitments to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and how biculturalism moves from meaningful kōrero to meaningful relationships and lived experiences.
Kaimahi from Community and Public Health had the privilege of attending two education workshops at Tuahiwi Marae during February as a way of connecting with whānau from Ngāi Tūāhuriri and taking the time also to learn pepeha, local whakapapa and pūrākau.
An important part of understanding our relationships within Te Tiriti o Waitangi is gaining an insight into the histories of local families and the events that have shaped our landscape. For many of the staff the journey to Kaiapoi Pā was the first opportunity to learn about the events that have shaped the lives of our Ngāi Tahu people and the many hapū of this rohe. Understanding our history allows us to better see one another kanohi ki te kanohi.
Hauora and oranga resources from the All Right? campaign
Hikitia te Hā is a simple breathing exercise developed by Rawiri Hindle and supported by the All Right? campaign. Three new Hikitia te Hā videos have been developed after the success of the first one. The exercises are extended into tai chi, taiaha and yoga.
All Right? has created season-based activities that whānau can do together. Vaea Coe (Ngāi Tahu, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Ngāti Porou) from the All Right? team says “When it comes to the wellbeing of our community, it all comes back to whānau. The activities are all about looking to strengthen the everyday magic that happens within the whānau.”.