Working with whānau
Kia horoia tāku porokakī ki ngā wai o tōku ake whenua.
Let my neck be washed by the waters of my own land.
Ngā Pēpeha a ngā Tīpuna, The Sayings of the Ancestors, Nā Hirini Moko Mead rāua ko Neil Grove, Victoria University Press (2001).
Working more effectively with whānau is vital to doing a good job as a health professional.
It’s central to having a high-quality health system and to our commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi.
And it’s a must if we’re to play our part in supporting Māori whānau to live longer and enjoy a good quality of life.
Making a start
For many of us, this means striking out. It means heading off on a journey to learn new things, gain a different perspective and take on a fresh approach to what we do and how we do it.
For others, it’s more a matter of building on an already solid foundation and adapting our approach as new information comes to hand.
Regardless of where you’re at, Australian Professor Fran Baum, like many other health professionals, researchers and academics here and overseas, offers an excellent model to help us rethink the way we work.
Shedding the old ways
Professor Baum's model, called the ‘Health Promotion Winners and Losers Triangle’, shows us why we should shed some of the old ways of doing things in favour of the new.
In her model, she reminds us that, as health professionals, there’s plenty we can do to make sure everyone in our community experiences good health and well-being.
Prof. Fran Baum, 2008.
Download the PDF version of this health promotions model below
Last updated: 2 November 2015