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Hapū Whānau: Implementing iwi-owned service hubs to improve health outcomes

Year:
2021
Duration:
42 months
Approved budget:
$1,385,761.90
Researchers:
Professor Beverley Lawton
,
Helmut Modlik
,
Dr Liza Edmonds
,
Dr Evelyn MacDonald
,
Dr Judy Ormandy
,
Professor Stacie Geller
,
Mrs Francesca Storey
,
Ms Michelle Vincent
,
Ms Victoria Roper
,
Dr Melanie Gibson-Helm
,
Ms Varsha Parag
,
Miss Tina Bennett
,
Miss Rachel Pearce
Health issue:
Child and youth (healthy) development
Proposal type:
Project
Lay summary
The maternity system is unsafe for Māori. Wāhine, pēpi and whānau experience persistent health inequities that impact wellbeing throughout the maternal-child continuum. Without profound changes, there will continue to be unacceptable, avoidable harm for Māori. New ways of working are urgently required to meet complex clinical, social and cultural needs and enable integrated, seamless service provision in a timely manner. This collaborative (Iwi-DHB-research) project will implement care models to address inequities; it will combine team building and safety improvement, and locate timely care in the community. An integrated Hapū Whānau Hub will be established, bringing specialist and community services to whānau where they are located. This will focus the system to respond to the real needs of hapū whānau with a kaupapa Māori lens. Outcomes include access to timely and appropriate care and support. This study will directly inform health delivery practice and system changes.