Hauora - Health initiatives
Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu deliver a wide variety of health literacy initiatives throughout Te Waipounamu.
Key factors in health literacy initiatives include:
• Individuals and whānau are able to make informed decisions and can access and navigate appropriate, quality and timely health services.
• Individuals and whānau are partners in actively managing their own health and wellbeing, and they take opportunities to provide feedback on health services they use and contribute to quality improvement programmes.
• Individuals and whānau can obtain, process and understand health materials.
Waihopai - Kaumātua Health Day
The aim of this initiative was to educate health and wellbeing specifically focussed on kaumātua ora across Murihiku. The hui assists kaumātua to be more confident, and knowledgeable in all hauora challenges and preventatives for their generation.
This fun and relaxed hui is an opportunity for kaumātua to have a range of health checks including blood pressure, weight, blood sugar levels, hearing and anything else that may need checking and to connect with one another.
Knowledgeable health experts offer tips, low impact exercise along with waiata to lift the wairua of kaumatua. A key component of the day is about sharing local knowledge on a range of hauora topics such as: how to keep homes warm, body circulation, movement of the tinana to wellbeing and being confidently informed the regular use of medication.
Central Otago – Uruuruwhenua - Kaumātua Health Day
Central Otago whānau delivered an event for kaumatua to come together for a fun, educational day of health and literacy. They brought together local Māori health professionals to korero with kaumātua on key practical services that are available for whānau in their rohe.
The event gave kaumātua support to access pathways, up to date information about common health remedies and medical services and support available through agencies such Work and Income, BUPA healthcare, emergency services, and transport to and from the hospital.
Te Hā o Kawatiri - Wānanga o Mirimiri
Te Hā o Kawatiri identified the need and wishes of the community to follow up on previous community rongoā Māori workshops in 2016 and 2017. A wānanga was developed to help whānau learn more about bodywork and massage associated with mirimiri and romiromi.
Te Hā o Kawatiri had showcased rongoā Māori at a previous hui where kaiako, Rewa Skipper spoke as a practitioner of traditional Māori Massage and this event was an extension of this work. The goal of this type of wānanga is to develop and preserve aspects of traditional rongoā Māori and to help ensure whānau have access to, and benefit from, these well-being techniques.
Ārai Te Uru Whare Hauora Limited and Corstorphine Community Hub - Whānau Health and Wellness
Ārai Te Uru Whare Hauora Ltd alongside Corstorphine Community Hub provides a range of whānau-centred activities to engage with whānau around what barriers whānau continue to face when accessing medicines and what is working well for whānau to improve their health. The emphasis of this hauora initiative is to promote ten Whānau Ora champions within the Corstorphine community supporting whānau towards their journey of well-being and healthy lifestyles.
Ārai Te Uru have partnered with other community groups such as Te Kāika, and Aotearoa Kia Ora Hands Limited (KOHA). Corstorphine Community is a community that faces a number of challenges from the isolation from key services that have been removed from this community. They have also offered support in the wake of large business organisations who have moved their operation from Dunedin overseas, which has left a large number of the community out of work.
The Corstorphine Community Hub will hold a health and well-being event involving a number of health professionals, and organisations as an opportunity for whānau to be connected and receive information to support their health literacy. Health literacy is the capacity for whānau to obtain, process and understand basic health information and services in order to make informed health decisions.
Tuahiwi, Taumutu and Rehua Marae- Kaumātua Health Day
Three health-focussed events were held for kaumātua across three marae in Ōtautahi. The aim of these events focuses on health education to encourage kaumātua to be confident and knowledgable in all hauora challenges and preventative of their generation.
This fun and relaxed hui is a day out for kaumatua to connect with eachother, share healthy kai along with the opportunity to access a range of health checks including blood pressure, weight, blood sugars, hearing and more. Kaumatua also get to hear from a range of experts in haora along with enjoying some low impact exercise and uplifting waiata.
Glad 2 B Radically Me - Tokona te Raki
Tokona te Raki developed a peer intervention programme to address self-esteem and bullying. Glad 2 B Radically Me was a one-day experiential workshop for taiohi using a radical self-love model incorporating popular education and group
activities. The workshop explored values, judgement and beliefs about identities and appearance as well as equipping participants with relevant skills for addressing issues and affirming positive attitudes about themselves and their peers.
This event gave whānau an opportunity to connect and receive information to support their health literacy. Health literacy is the capacity for whānau to obtain, process and understand basic health information and services in order to make informed health decisions.
The workshop was conducted within a kaupapa Māori paradigm adhering to tikanga associated within a hui setting. Mihi whakatau, karakia and whānaungatanga were observed. Participants and their whānau were treated with respect and manaakitanga. The majority of participants were rangatahi drawn from a number of community networks who responded to the panui. There was significant representation from Pillars an organisation that supports children of prisoners.
Taumutu Health Day - Rapaki, Tuahiwi
This fun and relaxed hui was held at Rehua Marae as a day out for kaumatua to connect with eachother, share healthy kai along with the opportunity to access a range of health checks including blood pressure, weight, blood sugars, hearing and more. Kaumatua also get to hear from a range of experts in haora along with enjoying some low impact exercise and uplifting waiata.
Wero Your Tero - Blue September Campaign
The ‘Wero your Tero’ campaign was launched in Ōtautahi at Rehua Marae in September 2018. The campaign has been developed to create awareness among tāne of the risks and symptoms of prostate cancer and to encourage regular check-ups. ‘Wero your Tero’ is a community project in response to Māori men being twice as likely to be diagnosed with the metastatic disease than non-Māori. Research shows that one man every three hours will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in New Zealand, and that’s eight men every day, 3000 every year.
Six hundred men will die annually from prostate cancer. What this campaign says to whānau is that it could be your pāpā, matua, brother, a friend, so we all need to do something about it collectively. A study from the Midland Cancer Network and Auckland University found that 19% of Māori men have metastatic, or advanced prostate cancer, when they receive a diagnosis compared with 10% of Europeans. It is important to try to understand why there is differential care – and to also ensure that the awareness message gets out there – hence the Wero your Tero campaign.
A group of tāne in the Ōtautahi Māori community got together and came up with the ‘Wero your Tero’ campaign to draw attention to the issue of Protate Cancer in the hope more of our tāne become aware of the risks and get checked regularly. A ‘Wero your Tero’ Facebook page and video were developed and wānanga have been hosted to create more platforms for discussion and ways we can encourage tāne to make their health a priority. Like them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/WERO-YOUR-TERO-265126380742577/