The Second Maori Mental Health and Addiction National Strategic Framework 2008-2015 reinforces current mental health and Māori health policy. This includes the overall aim of He Korowai Oranga, and whānau ora: Māori families supported to achieve their maximum health and wellbeing, and Te Tāhuhu - Improving Mental Health.
Te Puāwaiwhero concentrates on prioritised actions from Te Kōkiri to address Maori mental health population need matched with most recent evidence from Te Rau Hinengaro - The New Zealand Mental Health Survey, launched in 2006.
Similarly to Te Kōkiri, Te Puawaiwhero was developed in partnership with DHBs alongside key people in the Maori mental health and addiction sector.
New Māori Mental Health Needs Profile
Knowing the evidence is key to ensuring that future planning for Māori mental health and investment into mental health promotion, prevention, primary health care and specialist services is placed in the right direction.
This report undertaken by Dr Joanne Baxter provides a tool to assist DHBs meet the requirements of The New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000. The Act requires DHBs to have a population health focus and reduce health inequalities by improving the health outcomes of Māori.
It will also assist decision makers, policy developers, planners and funders plan well and draws together the most recent evidence from a population and service use perspective