Among the many investment streams of the Whānau Ora network in Te Waipounamu, an important one for us is Aroā.
Aroā is our dedicated hauora and awareness fund, focused on connecting whānau to the information and services they need to stay healthy.
Delivered in partnership with Pharmac, Aroā seeks to improve the health and wellbeing of whānau by investing in their inherent worth and creating safe spaces that foster greater awareness and uptake of services. We want to help whānau in Te Waipounamu overcome barriers to improved hauora across availability, accessibility, affordability and appropriateness of healthcare.
Cervical cancer screening is a key current focus. Why? Because we know that it is something that makes a lot of us feel anxious and uncomfortable but is also such an important tool in protecting whānau from this disease.
It has been a privilege to partner with Māori health providers and Whānau Ora partners across the motu to offer Aroā kaupapa Māori screening events over the past year.
Our next one, scheduled for Saturday, November 11 in Ōtautahi, goes further, and includes an informational session about the recently rolled out HPV self-testing option and kōrero on bowel and breast screening as well. For all whānau who may be interested, use this link to register for the 11.30am-1pm session.
For the cervical screening, we warmly invite all tāngata Māori aged 25 years and over, who may be due or overdue for their cervical smear, to register now. Use this online form to express your interest and we will be in touch.