Action must be taken to address the factors contributing to an
unhealthy Māori population, the NZ College of Public Health
Medicine (NZCPHM) urges Government.
The NZCPHM have just released their Māori Health
Policy, which states the health inequities between Māori and
non-Māori New Zealanders are large, pervasive, and persist across
the lifespan and over time.
The College Council's Māori Fellow, and spokesperson, Dr Paula
King, says these issues must be addressed in the final version of
the New Zealand Health Strategy.
"The College strongly believes a national commitment to
addressing the factors leading to inequities, such as housing,
income, education, and access to high quality health services is
needed" she says.
"We recognise that Māori have lesser access to the vital
resources that support health and wellbeing, and that this occurs
because of how these resources are distributed in the first
Dr King also says professional development programmes in the
health system must have a focus on cultural competence and health
"This is about people receiving high quality healthcare no
matter what their culture," she says.
"All health care workers have both professional and moral
obligations to address the inequities we see in health care and
Health professionals must be responsive to the health needs and
aspirations of their patients. This requires understanding and
knowledge about their patients, their culture and about the things
that matter to them.
For further information contact Dr Paula King 021 040 8404