Whānau Ora is a key cross-government work programme jointly implemented by the Ministry of Health, Te Puni Kōkiri and the Ministry of Social Development.
It is an approach that places families/whānau at the centre of service delivery, requiring the integration of health, education and social services and is improving outcomes and results for New Zealand families/whānau
The Integrated Kaupapa Māori Mental Health and Addictions Service based within the Whanganui District Health Board Region was established in 2010. This model was developed and implemented to guide service delivery and is based on the ‘hub and spoke’ principle, whereby Te Oranganui Iwi Health Authority provide the clinical ‘hub’ for the service and the four rural Māori health providers within the region (Te Puke Karanga, Ngati Rangi Community Health, Te Kotuku Hauora and Otaihape Māori Komiti) are the ‘spokes’ and deliver the service via dedicated kaimahi within a whānau ora context. The unique relationship formed between the five Maori health providers and the Whanganui District Health Board has contributed to the success of the service delivery.
The Whanganui district’s iwi health providers and Te Oranganui, work together to ensure seamless access, for Māori tangata whaiora, to appropriate clinical and kaiawhina support services. The service is resourced by whanau ora kaimahi (non-clinical) located with each iwi health provider and clinical support and supervision from Te Oranganui. The service links to Specialist Mental Health Services provided through the hospital, community services, NGOs and primary health care providers.
Whānau and hapū development support
Disease management support
Services coordination and advocacy for people with high needs
Auahi Kore support services
Tamariki and immunisation support
Health promotion and prevention hui services
Alcohol and drug support
Disability support services