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Co-design hui looks to Māori solutions for Maternal Health

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On Wednesday 4 April 2018, Healthy Families Rotorua facilitated a co-design hui between Maternal Health Service Providers in Rotorua aimed at co-ordinating a collaborative approach to address the multiple needs of the sector in Rotorua.

In attendance were service providers such as nurses from Korowai Aroha, and Te Runanga o Ngati Pikiao, representatives of Sport BOP, Lakes DHB, Plunket, Lead Maternal Carers (LMC), and Wahakura experts.
There was great discussion from all ends of the care spectrum that focused on what was needed in the sector and how the organisations who were present could potentially collaborate and result in better care. A common theme was the desire for solutions that focused on using a return to traditional Maori systems that positively effects the needs of hapū māmā and whanau in Rotorua.

As a result there was resounding support for hapū wānanga and wahakura to be offered in Rotorua.
Healthy Families Rotorua are working alongside Sport BOP and the new Lakes DHB Baby Services Co-ordinator, Amy Wray to help facilitate this process and ensure there is a pathway to further education for any provider who is working with hapū māmā.

  • There is a follow up co-design hui for the Hapū Wānanga this Thursday 24 May 2018 from 10am-12pm at Level 1, 1231 Haupapa Street. If you have any queries please contact Laurie Watt of Healthy Families Rotorua on lauriew@tearawawhanauora.org.nz

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