22 Jun 2018 | Primary Care
Turanga Health is an iwi-owned Māori health provider in Turanganui a Kiwa, Gisborne delivering a range of public and primary health care services, built on a vision of ‘kia whai oranga-a-whanau mo nga whakatipuranga’ or ‘building family wellness for future generations’. The Tairawhiti population they serve are approximately 45 percent Māori. Of this community, 70 percent are welfare beneficiaries and the average income is approximately $15,000. Three out of ten of the Māori population work in primary industry and more than a quarter live outside the main urban areas.
Turanga Health understands the needs of their community well and their ’s project focuses on the need to improve whānau access to health services. Turanga Health is building on a workplace wellness platform that they have delivered with a number of small to medium primary industry businesses and their employees for several years. This platform, led by clinical and non-clinical staff, has involved cardiovascular disease and diabetes risk assessments including smoking, blood pressure, weight, blood sugar, general practice connectivity and healthy lifestyle options. The Turanga Health team want to extend this further.
Their project is one of six successful initiatives chosen for the Health Quality & Safety Commission’s Whakakotahi 2018 primary care quality improvement challenge.
Project lead Dwayne Tamatea says, ‘Our team has an appetite to be mobile and flexible in time and place. This might mean 5am starts and/or in the bush or squash paddocks.’
Whānau identified during this engagement may be referred to their doctor, connected to a general practice, followed up by the clinical team, or connected to other services they need (eg, infant car seats).