Our partnerships with Whānau Ora Collectives are going from strength to strength. We now have agreements with 12 Whānau Ora Collectives, including our first with a South Island Collective, and an even spread of rural (6) and urban (6) Collectives.
Our agreements are high trust evergreen relationships with seed funding available for each Collective to conduct annual initiatives for their community. There have been a broad range of activities completed within the Māori health areas of focus, such as wānanga, educational workshops for whānau in mental health, heart disease, respiratory and diabetes. Other events include health promotion and prevention community events, One Heart Many Lives heart checks in Te Tai Tokerau and Te Arawa, gout workshops for Te Ao Marama and more. Our agreements with Te ORA Māori doctors’ association and the Māori Pharmacists Association have led to scholarships and professional development opportunities for Māori doctors and pharmacists. This assists our goal in working with the Māori health workforce.
Our agreements with Te ORA Māori doctors’ association and the Māori Pharmacists' Association have led to scholarships and professional development opportunities for Māori doctors and pharmacists.
Our Pacific Responsiveness Strategy is also rolling out a series of actions and we have appointed a Pacific Responsiveness Adviser to activate and coordinate these.
Following on from our consultation fono to refresh the strategy in 2016, we have returned to seven Pacific communities. As well as actions to enhance our own cultural competency, PHARMAC will identify the areas of health need that are most important across Pacific communities. We have taken on board the community’s suggestions on how to do this and work is underway to compile the Pacific health areas of focus.
Another action is to support the formation of a Pacific pharmacists’ group to further enhance the role of Pacific leadership in the pharmacy sector. We have identified interested Pacific pharmacists who have a strong passion in supporting the formation of a group. We are currently working with them and pharmacy organisations to support the development of this initiative.
In late 2016 we met with around 300 people at 20 meetings and public forums to obtain feedback on how PHARMAC could meet the Trans-Pacific Partnership obligations. These views were considered fully when making final decisions in December 2016. A range of other issues were also discussed with communities.
Last updated: 17 April 2018