The Health Promotion Forum / Runanga Whakapiki Ake i te Hauora o Aotearoa has worked with the Auckland University of Technology to produce a paper, Realising the rhetoric: Refreshing public health providers’ efforts to honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi in Aotearoa, New Zealand. The authors indicate that we have a way to go to address ongoing inequities for Māori. Refer www.hauora.co.nz
Hui E! reports on a recent survey conducted by ComVoices that shows that the stresses on our community organisations are increasing. A survey of over 280 community organisations shows that they are experiencing greater demand for services and are dealing with greater complexity, but with less funding from government and a greater reliance on alternate funding sources. Refer www.huie.org.nz
Closing the Gap have followed up their survey for the local body election with results and equality-related promises for successful candidates for the Bay of Plenty councils. Refer www.closingthegap.org.nz for the survey results.
Public Health Association: The PHA is hosting an afternoon on the 3rd November on Māori public health, to celebrate and reflect on what has been achieved, and to share your ideas and visions for the future. For more details see the PHA October Bulletin.
For more information visit: www.pha.org.nz
A new report commissioned by Ngati Porou Hauora was released at a hui at Te Puia Hospital earlier this week. The report titled the “Ngati Porou Hauora Health Dashboard” reveals some startling information about the health status of the resident population within the rohe of Ngati Porou. It chronicles the perilous state of health for whanau living between Hicks Bay in the north and Kaiti in Gisborne.
The report found that the Ngati Porou rohe has a high needs, rural population who die younger than any other population group in NZ and suffer more through co-morbidity factors on the way to an early death.
Other findings include:
- The avoidable death rate in the Ngāti Porou rohe is slightly more than twice (107% higher) the rate in New Zealand as a whole, and about 10% more than Tairāwhiti. It has the highest rate of avoidable death in the country.
- 91% of Ngāti Porou rohe population lives in very deprived areas (NZDep deciles 9 and 10) compared to 52% of Tairāwhiti DHB, and 20% of NZ.
- 100% of the coastal NPH population is classified as rural, the majority is classified as highly rural according to the definition of rurality (Statistics New Zealand), and 99% of these areas are very deprived in terms of socio-economic conditions
- In Census 2013, Māori made up of 70% of the population in Ngāti Porou rohe.
- NPH has one of the highest proportions of Māori in the Primary Health Organisations (PHO) enrolments in NZ (88% of NPH patients are Māori compared with 15% Māori in the total New Zealand PHO enrolment).
- The households in the Ngāti Porou rohe receive a much lower average equivalised income ($38,700) at about two-thirds of the New Zealand average income level ($57,800).
- Young people who are not in education, employment or training are at greater risk of a range of negative outcomes including poorer health, depression or early, unplanned parenthood. The Census 2013 figure for 20-24 year old youth at 37.2% for Ngāti Porou rohe is more than twice as high as the New Zealand average (15%).
Chairman of Ngati Porou Hauora, Teepa Wawatai, believes this in unacceptable and “is an indictment on health policy and funding particularly in areas of high need.”
Download the full report here and read the recommendations for action on public policy changes.
Public Health Association: Friday, 21 October 2016 – Enabling Good Lives. Feedback is called for on how providers and communities are supporting disabled people to have greater choice and control over their supports and lives. This feedback will help inform the development of advice to Government on how to apply the Enabling Good Lives approach to disability support services.