New framework to address inequity for Māori in hospice care

By July 29, 2020 Recent News

TVNZ One News 29 July 2020
A new framework to improve the services for Māori whānau in hospice care has been launched.

Mauri Mate is a new palliative care structure, which focuses on the quality, equity and compassion of hospices in Aotearoa.

It’s the first of its kind, with extensive collaboration between the Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa (The Māori Medical Practitioners Association), Totara Hospice in South Auckland and Mary Potter Hospice in Wellington.

It involves improving the access for Māori whānau, as well as increasing the cultural competence and awareness of staff in palliative care.

Māori clinicians, leaders and academics were brought together to ensure the framework was “by Māori, for Māori”.

The collective told Te Karere the experience for Māori receiving this care needed to be “positively different”.

“We really need to address this inequity, accessibility and quality to this service,” said Dean Ogilvie, trustee of Totara Hospice.

Research and literature, as well as kōrero between health providers and the community, highlighted the need to improve the cultural safety and cultural value of Māori .

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