Reducing Māori Health Inequities

Reducing Māori Health Inequities

Appearing before the Māori Affairs Select Committee to speak to the Inquiry into Health Inequities for Māori was “awe-inspiring” for Allan Franks.

The convenor of Te Tira Hauora Kōmiti, a committee of Māori delegates across the DHB sector, presented their submission to the inquiry in November.

“It was an honour to present the submission on behalf of our members, the delegates who attended PSA’s Hui Hauora at Orongomai Marae in September, and especially our whānau maha who quantify the inequities. Their kōrero at the hui formed the basis for our submission,” Allan says.

The submission acknowledges factors contributing to the persistence of health inequities.

“They include institutional racism in our workplaces, the effects of colonisation, the lack of resources, poor recruitment of Maori staff, poor support for Kaupapa Maori, and the failure to value matauranga Māori,” Allan says.



PSA policy advisor Andrea Fromm, Allan Franks, Te Rūnanga Kuia Georgina Kerr and Kaumātua Kiwhare Mihaka

The submission calls for the PSA and Te Tira Hauora Kōmiti to be involved in the co-design of health service reforms to provide better strategies. 

These include the rollout into workplaces of ‘Ngā Kaupapa i Tuku Ihoa’, Te Rūnanga O Ngā Toa Āwhina’s best practice framework for Tikanga Māori behaviours. “We believe this will help reduce inequities and improve outcomes for whānau,” says Allan.

The submission also calls for better visibility of Te Tirīti o Waitangi, ring-fencing funding for Māori health, robust management of institutional racism, and consideration being given to making cultural competencies mandatory.

As a result of the submission a meeting is being organised between a delegation from Te Rūnanga and Labour’s Māori caucus.

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