Whaimua is a ten-week programme to improve the quality of life of those with respiratory illness. The programme supports participants to understand their conditions a lot better and to follow their individual respiratory management plans. Whakawhanaungatanga plays a significant role in the health and wellbeing of participants on the Whaimua programme, delivered by Korowai Aroha (a member of our Te Arawa Whanau Ora Collective).
Whaimua is a result of strategic partnerships with Korowai Aroha Health Centre, Lakes DHB, local GPs, and gymnasiums. The programme has a team – Respiratory Nurse Specialists Noelene Rapana and Roel Austria, and Paeārahi Peter Nash and Rita Gamlen – working with 25 whānau with respiratory conditions, such as asthma, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) or anxiety-related breathing disorders. The programme includes Tōku Oranga (community pulmonary rehab) and Korero Bites - education sessions that address wellbeing or social concerns.
Anyone can be referred to the programme as long as you live in Rotorua - you do not need to be registered with Korowai Aroha. If you are interested contact Noelene@korowai.org.nz or phone 07 3488454 extension 224 or 021688527 to find out when the next programme commences.