As the Government’s advisor for health and disability, the Ministry is charged with setting the direction for Māori health and guiding the sector as we work to increase access, achieve equity and improve outcomes for Māori.
The Ministry of Health is making changes to improve performance in a number of areas, including:
- improving outcomes for Māori and achieving health equity
- a stronger focus on equity and evidence-based action
- embedding the improvement of Māori health across the organisation.
As part of this process, the functions of Te Kete Hauora, (the Ministry’s former Māori health business unit) have been integrated across the Ministry’s new business units. One of the drivers for this change was to boost the whole Ministry’s capability and capacity to address Māori health inequities.
Māori Leadership is a new executive role and is responsible for driving the Ministry’s goal of improving Māori health outcomes and achieving Māori health equity across the Ministry. All policy advice, research and programme functions of Te Kete Hauora continue to be delivered.
He Korowai Oranga: Māori Health Strategy
He Korowai Oranga, the Māori Health Strategy, affirmed in the New Zealand Health Strategy, sets the overarching framework to guide the government and health and disability sector to achieve the best health outcomes for Mâori. The overarching aim of He Korowai Oranga is Pae Ora - healthy futures.
He Korowai Oranga outlines the Government’s vision for Māori health; pae ora (healthy futures), mauri ora (healthy individuals), whānau ora (healthy families), and wai ora (healthy environments).
Initiated in November 2016, the Waitangi Tribunal Health Services and Outcomes Inquiry (Wai 2575) will hear all claims concerning grievances relating to health services and outcomes of national significance.
As of June 2018, there are currently around 198 claims seeking to participate in the inquiry. The claims are historical and contemporary covering a range of issues relating to the health system, specific health services and outcomes, including health equity, primary care, disability services and Māori health providers.