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

42 months
Approved budget:
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
Ms Varsha Parag
Miss Tina Bennett
Miss Rachel Pearce
Health issue:
Child and youth (healthy) development
Proposal type:
Health Delivery 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.