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New Focus on Maori Public Health Responsiveness


19 September 2006

New Focus on Maori Public Health Responsiveness

Maori health workers will grow from a nationwide survey being launched today by Palmerston North based workforce development organization Te Rau Matatini.

“The survey aims to capture and edit the work of Maori Public Health, and help guide workforce development and training,” says Project Leader Lucy Bush.

The survey’s findings will help to develop a national Maori Public Health Workforce Development Framework – and a three year implementation plan.”

“When we talk about public health, we’re talking about people who focus on prevention and education, rather than those who treat illness and disease. They’re doing some fantastic work out in our communities, changing behaviours and environments, so that people are healthier and live longer.”

Lucy says that Maori workers often don’t recognise their own professionalism and skills. This project is about acknowledging the indigenous expertise that is developing, and setting up learning and development opportunities that reflect Māori workforce development needs and also non-Maori working with Maori communities

“It’s important that we get as many Maori workers as possible participating in the survey,” Lucy says. “If you’d like to know more about the survey please contact Roimata on 0800MATATINI, or visit our website”


As well as the survey, Te Rau Matatini will hold regional hui,
from 10am to 1.30pm as follows:

Northland, Monday 25 September
Hauora Whanui
Ngati Hine Health Trust
2-4 Raynor St

Auckland, Tuesday 26 September.
For venue contact Waitangi Wood, 09-520 4796

Rotorua, Wednesday, 27 September
Millenium Hotel.
Eruera and Hinemaru Sts

Christchurch, Thursday 28 September
Te Amorangi Richmond, Woodham Rd, Aranui

Wellington, Friday, 29 September
Te Rau Matatini Offices, level 4 Greenock House,
102-112 Lambton Quay

Health Promotion Forum Conference, Ratana Pa, October 16-18
Workshop and stall


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