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Clinical Advisor Sought For Maori Health

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Clinical Advisor Sought For Maori Health

Waikato DHB's Māori Health Service (Te Puna Oranga) is looking for a clinical advisor with a background in Māori health to help reduce the chronic condition rate of Māori.

The Whanau Ora chronic disease clinical advisor replaces two previous Te Puna Oranga roles as part of the service's restructure.

Waikato DHB's Community and Public Health Advisory Committee approved the termination of the diabetes and whānau ora coordinator roles yesterday, with the funding to be allocated to the new clinical advisor role.

Acting general manager Ditre Tamatea said Te Puna Oranga employed a public health registrar in the past and their expertise was sorely missed.

"The clinical expertise and critical analysis this position brings will greatly assist in reducing the incidents and impact of chronic disease among our people as well as the roll out of Whānau Ora in the Waikato region."

The position will carry out a number of activities including facilitating training and development opportunities for Whānau Ora community health workers and supporting kaupapa Māori service development for the DHB.

Mr Tamatea said the new position aligns with the principles of the restructure of boosting frontline services, with funding levels for the service remaining the same.

He said the current structure had an imbalance between corporate and frontline services with demand for kaitiaki/kaitakawaenga services increasing as the number of Māori patients grow.

Kaitiaki and kaitakawaenga provide cultural support and advocacy for Māori patients and their whānau.

"The restructure will ensure a more effective and robust corporate team through the establishment of new corporate positions.

"This will result in greater clinical expertise for Māori health while building up our frontline services who work directly with hundreds of Māori patients and their whānau that access our hospital services each year.

"A more efficient Māori health service will create a more effective vehicle for the attainment of whānau ora," he said.

The restructure has the full support of Waikato DHB chief executive Craig Climo, the board and the Iwi Māori Council.

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