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Maori Health Workforce Funding

Maori Health Workforce Funding

“Congratulations Maori health workers!” says Tariana Turia, health spokesperson for the Maori Party.

“Budget 2008’s announcements of $12m over the next four years in the Maori health and disability workforce is a huge tribute to Maori health professional associations, Maori health providers and Maori health workers” said Mrs Turia.

“This is a movement which has united in their commitment to advance a Maori-led workforce to respond more effectively to the health needs of Māori”

“I want to applaud organisations like hauora.com and all of the skilled Maori health professionals who have been working to strengthen the capacity and capability of the workforce”.

“While participation and retention is essential, it is good that investment is also going into leadership” said Mrs Turia.

“Maori health workers are concentrated in less senior and less well-paid positions; such as the community worker, health promotion and health education fields” said Mrs Turia.

“We need a whole lot more strategies to grow and strengthen the Maori health workforce than $12 million will afford” said Mrs Turia. “We need greater access to cultural and technical training; increased investment in by Māori for Māori approaches to meet the needs of Māori communities in health; Maori health career pathways and that’s just a start”.

We urgently need resources in the alcohol and drug recovery programmes run by Maori – they are the poor relations in the health sector, and need a generous share of the $2 billion voted for health.

“When we look at the big picture – $10.6 billion given out to tax cuts – and only $12 million to be responsive to the needs of Maori in our communities – it’s still pretty obvious just how little value this Government places on tangata whenua”.

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