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Increase availability & access to local services
& collaborate across service providers

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Through easily accessed, relevant health and wellbeing services whānau and communities can be empowered. We must think differently about how health and wellbeing issues are addressed and prevented by, looking at alternate models of delivery that include self-led models for and by whānau. All our health and support services need to understand our whānau to be able to respond effectively.

Hauora and wellbeing events from the previous plan were well attended and there has been an increase in the willingness of health services to collaborate but, much more must be done to ensure better access to services locally and, to ensure real accountability of providers with health contracts that are meant to be delivered in our rohe.

Solutions in our new plan heightens its focus in the health area. We have prioritised a integrated community wellness centre, a physical space that allows for organic collaboration will complement the actions and tools to be designed to support the integration of services. As a rural area, it just makes sense to bring our resources together for the sustainability of quality services and importantly for the betterment of local whānau and their health and wellbeing.

New Health Solutions

Complete work required toward establishing a new Integrated Community Wellness Centre

Build and implement into the community new DIgital Health Literacy tools to empower whānau to lead their own wellbeing journey

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Appointment of a Hauora Navigator/s to help connect whānau with the appropriate health services 


Hosting annual Wellbeing Expo whānau collective to promote the importance of

healthy family lifestyles

Provide on-stop health advice and information for whānau though the development of a localised Hauora Yellow Pages app

Undertake scoping research for the creation of an Integrated Health Service Centre

the data

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Ruapehu has a higher Māori population than the national average.

The Māori population nationally and locally is a younger population. 

Whanganui Regional Health Network own the GP service in Waimarino trading as Ruapehu Health Ltd.

Source: Whanganui Regional Health Network.

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Similar to the national health data, Ruapehu Māori are over-represented in the local data of high health needs. 

Source:  Whanganui Regional Health Network

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The most common conditions GPs in Ruapehu are treating per age group. 

Source:  Whanganui Regional Health Network

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The most common conditions in Ruapehu requiring hospital treatment per year. 

Source:  Whanganui Regional Health Network

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The most common conditions for Ruapehu Māori requiring hospital treatment per year. 

Source:  Whanganui Regional Health Network

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The most common conditions for Ruapehu children requiring hospital treatment per year. 

Source:  Whanganui Regional Health Network

The Māori population of Aotearoa is predominantly younger which explains why most of the GP enrolled patients are young Māori.

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