Knowledge encompasses high-quality health information to inform Government, and to assist whānau, hapū and iwi with evidence-based decision-making to support their own health aspirations.

Knowledge also involves other forms of health information, such as:

  • high-quality ethnicity data sets
  • health literacy
  • cultural competency
  • clinical care pathways
  • guidelines and tools
  • health innovation.

It is important that this knowledge be available for whānau, hapū, iwi and Māori communities to assist them in developing local initiatives.

Investment in high-quality research and in building Māori health research capacity across the sector and within communities is essential to further develop the knowledge base that will contribute to pae ora.

Additionally, collaboration across sectors is required to coordinate high-quality research and information on the determinants of health to drive continuous quality improvement in the development, design and delivery of services for Māori.

High-quality health information is also pivotal to the delivery of effective health and disability services across the continuum. The health and disability sector needs to make good use of the knowledge available to ensure that services meet the needs of the Māori population.

Knowledge in practice

Web-based monitoring tool aims to speed up Māori health gains

‘DHBs can see whether the initiatives they are using against a certain indicator are working.’

A web-based monitoring tool, launched in June 2015 and designed by Dr George Gray, offers a comparison of all 20 DHBs against 16 specific Māori health indicators.

The Māori Health Plan Monitoring Tool provides information on performance trends, disparities between Māori and non-Māori, as well as links to seminars on ‘best practice’ by the nation’s top performers. Read more

More information

Equity of Health Care for Māori: A framework
This framework guides health practitioners, health organisations and the health system to achieve equitable health care for Māori through leadership, knowledge and commitment.

Māori Health Information project
A Ministry of Health project that aims to deliver a suite of information products focused on Māori health over the next 2 years (2013–15). The products are designed to appeal to a wide audience and make use of the wealth of current data sources that are currently available.

The first product is an online directory that directs users to data sources commonly used when analysing the health of New Zealand populations.

The Health Research Council of New Zealand
The Health Research Council manages the Government’s investment in health research. Their vision is to improve the health and quality of all New Zealanders.

Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga
Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga is a Centre of Research Excellence hosted by The University of Auckland. It conducts research of relevance to Māori communities and is an important vehicle by which New Zealand continues to be a key player in global indigenous research and affairs.

MAI Journal
MAI Journal is an open access journal that publishes multidisciplinary peer-reviewed articles that critically analyse and address indigenous and Pacific issues in the context of New Zealand.

Kaupapa Māori
This website is dedicated to a discussion of issues related to kaupapa Māori. It has been established to assist in the development of whānau, hapū and iwi.

Research Review New Zealand
Research Review provides regular subject-specific reviews from global medical journals with commentary from New Zealand experts, as well as specialist opinions on guidelines, medicines and conferences. Their publications are free to receive.

HealthEd is a catalogue of free health resources by the Health Promotion Agency and the Ministry of Health. The public health resources on the website support healthier New Zealand communities.

LearnOnline is a vocational training resource hub for New Zealand’s community of health practitioners, providing a collaborative approach to educational resources for the health sector. There is a growing number of courses available provided by different organisations for health practitioners.

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