Te Whaioranga - connecting with the community
Connecting with the community – Te Whaioranga
PHARMAC is supporting health programmes in communities through memoranda of agreement (MoA) with Whānau Ora collectives and the Māori Pharmacists Association (MPA).
The agreements are part of PHARMAC’s implementation of Te Whaioranga, PHARMAC’s Māori Responsiveness Strategy. Rather than developing and delivering programmes, PHARMAC’s approach is now focused on enabling communities to determine their own pathways, developing programmes and services that meet the health needs of the community, with support from PHARMAC through the MoA.
“In this way PHARMAC is supporting tino rangatiratanga with communities, one of the pillars of Te Whaioranga,” says Ātene Andrews, PHARMAC’s Kaiwhakahaere Whakarata Māori (Manager, Māori Responsiveness).
The agreements signal PHARMAC’s intention to be long-term partners with whānau for delivering health programmes to Māori, says Ātene.
PHARMAC now has agreements with Ngā Mataapuna Oranga Whānau Ora Collective in Tauranga, Te Ao Mārama Whānau Ora Collective Trust in Opotiki, and with the Te Arawa Whānau Ora Collective in Rotorua.
An agreement with the Māori Pharmacists Association also saw PHARMAC working in partnership with the MPA, delivering health checks at the annual Ratana Pa celebrations in January 2015.
“We want to be working alongside whānau in the community so that programmes are delivered effectively,” says Ātene Andrews. “We know the Whānau Ora collectives are the people best placed to understand the health needs of their community, and have programmes in place. By supporting these programmes, we think this is an effective way for whānau to better access health information and health services.”
Agreements with Whānau Ora collectives are open ended.
Last updated: 10 December 2015