Māori health provider development scheme applications open for 2012/13 funding
Applications for funding under the 2012/13 Māori Provider Development Scheme are being called for by the Ministry of Health
The scheme works to support the development of whanau leadership, build whanau capability, strengthen whanau connections, and enhance best outcomes for whanau.
It also supports activities to develop a highly-skilled Māori health workforce.
Examples include assisting providers to improve their infrastructure, achieve service integration, improve the quality of services, and develop workforce skills.
Nearly nine million dollars of funding is available for allocation though four funding streams.
- Regional Māori health and disability providers.
- National Māori health providers.
- National Māori disability providers
- Hauora Māori scholarships
The associate Minister of Health, the Hon Tariana Turia said she is encouraging eligible Māori health providers to submit an application.
“This is an important way to build capability and skills among the Māori health workforce and through scholarships, ensure the nurturing of our future sector leaders.”
A document which provides an overview of the system has been published on the Ministry website. This is the 2012/13 Purchasing Intentions of the Māori Provider Development Scheme.
This document indicates how available funds will be allocated across the 20 District Health Board (DHB) regions in New Zealand, as well as identifying how the available funding will be split between regional and national providers of health and disability services.
It shows the priorities for the next funding round, and interested applicants can use that information to better guide their applications.
To be eligible for the development funding, an organisation must:
- be owned and governed by Māori, and providing health and disability services primarily but not exclusively to Māori,
- have a contract/s with the Ministry of Health and/or District Health Board (DHB) and/or Primary Health Organisation (PHO),
- Be in the process of developing a contract with the Ministry of Health and/or District Health Board (DHB) and/or Primary Health Care Organisation (PHO).
A review of the programme in 2009 provided recommendations and one of those debuts this year.
It's called the MPCAT tool which will monitor the progress being made by Maori providers. This self-assessment tool will assist the Ministry and Māori health providers to identify ways to further strengthen their organisation.
Those providers who aren't part of a Whanau Ora collective or a Better, Sooner, More Convenient primary health initiative, need to complete the self-assessment process and submit the results with their 2012/13 application.