Rotorua Weekender - 2021-11-26


Combined efforts aim to improve wellbeing


Aproject to transform mental health and addiction services for Te Arawa ki Tuwharetoa has just launched. Designed and built by whānau working in the field, it is the opportunity to improve equity for Māori and enhance population wellbeing. The Collaborate Design work will: 1. Identify what needs to change to deliver a local mental health and addiction system that is readily available, equitable and responsive to people’s needs and preferences. Develop a shared understanding and ownership of the changes needed and identify the highest priority changes for rapid action. 2. Lay the groundwork for local transformation. This work continues on from the work already done to begin implementing Te Ara Tauwhirotanga, the Lakes DHB model of care. Te Ara Tauwhirotanga identified our central Tikanga (values), the ideal Taiao (environment), and the importance of Tangata (people) in the design and delivery of services through a fivemonth consultation with local services, Iwi, service users and whānau. This project takes us a step further towards making practical changes to existing services to implement Te Ara Tauwhirotanga as well as to deliver on the recommendations of He Ara Oranga. Te Ohu (the project team) comprises Nikora Mihinui & Raimona Inia (Te Mau Aroha Incorporated), Marlane Sherborne (Consumer Advisor) and Rebecca Ripia (Te Ara Tauwhirotanga Project Manager). Ngā Pou Matua (the governing group) is Candy Cookson-cox, Mapihi Raharuhi, Matetu Mihinui, Tania Te Akau, Tame Malcolm, Heeni Morehu, Jordana Bealing, Michelle Simpson, Peti Deed, Miria Kalman, Wi Te Tau Huata, Sonja Quan, Belinda Walker, Russell Ihaka and Parewahaika Harris. The project will be conducted in stages. A survey in August indicated that the ideal workshops would be groups of 10 people or less, wānanga/ brainstorm style, and groups within a service’s own work group. Wānanga and brainstorming with key stakeholders will take place from October to December 2021. Te Ohu will present the key findings from wānanga/brainstorm to Ngā Pou Matua who will then agree on the main priorities. These will be designed into projects for implementation into existing services. Implementation staff will be taken on board early next year. The initial project plan was endorsed and supported by Ministry of Health. “To bring this project to life, we have engaged with Whakarewarewa Māori village to host the wānanga,” said Nikora. “This enables the attendees to experience the essence of the project.” Ngaire Muir from Te Arawa Whānau Ora said: “A huge mihi out to you, Raimona and Co. for inviting a small part of our Te Arawa whānau Ora whānau to the beautiful Whakarewarewa village. We were privileged to have a guided tour before the discussion around improving our people’s health and who, what, when and how a better system that may achieve this outcome. “There is always difficulty working with our whānau through a system not written for us so it would be great to see programmes written for Māori by Māori and to see some greater outcomes,” Ngaire said. Te Ohu invite you to engage with this project. Please contact Te Ohu for more information. Nikora Mihinui Raimona Inia Rebecca Ripia Marlane Sherborne


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