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The Māori Caucus brings together Māori members from across the Canterbury Clinical Network (CCN) to provide a coordinated focus on equitable health outcomes for Māori in Canterbury.

By strengthening connections and improving the capacity and capability of Māori members who participate on Workstreams and Service Level Alliances, the Māori Caucus supports Workstreams and Service Level Alliances to deliver outcomes that protect and improve Māori health. Key to this is aligning activity with the Māori Health Outcomes Framework.

Equitable health outcomes is a key strategic priority for the Canterbury Clinical Network. Māori are one of the most disadvantaged ethnicities in the New Zealand health system, with real disparities between Māori and non-Māori in relation to health outcomes and life expectancy.

The Māori Caucus strengthens the Canterbury Clinical Network’s capacity for planning improved health services for Māori. As an alliance-wide group, the Māori Caucus compliments existing Canterbury-wide Māori perspective groups such as Te Kāhui o Papaki Kā Tai (TKOP) and the Māori/Pacific Provider Forum.

The Māori Caucus was established in 2013 and comes together for quarterly hui. Its objectives are:

  • Māori on Canterbury Clinical Network Workstreams and Service Level Alliances are informed of activities across the whole of health system, and are able to support each other as and when required.
  • To utilise the collective Māori skillsets, strengthening contributions to Workstreams and Service Level Alliances where requested.
  • To provide a level of consistency in messaging across Workstreams and Service Level Alliances in relation to the Māori Health Outcomes Framework, Health Equity Assessment Tool and Whānau Ora Tool.
  • To reduce the isolation as the sole Māori voice on Workstreams and Service Level Alliances in relation to Māori health.
  • To problem solve issues as they arise.
  • To encourage or implement through Canterbury Clinical Network, that Māori health is ‘everyone’s business’ not just Māori who are participating on the Workstream and Service Level Alliance. It is a responsibility of all Workstream and Service Level Alliance members.
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23Sep

Whāia te ara hauora, Whitiora

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Mental Health Awareness Week starts today, 23-29 September and is run by The Mental Health Foundation. The theme this year is exploring your way to wellbeing – Whāia te ara hauora, Whitiora, which is about discovering the things that make you feel good and doing more of them! When you uplift your personal wellbeing, you uplift the wellbeing of your whānau, communities and Aotearoa as a whole.

The week is also underpinned by Te Whare Tapa Whā, a model that describes health as a wharenui/meeting house with four walls. These walls represent taha wairua/spiritual wellbeing, taha hinengaro/mental and emotional wellbeing, taha tinana/physical wellbeing and taha whānau/family and social wellbeing. Our connection with the whenua/land forms the foundation. 

The five ways to wellbeing are five simple yet proven actions you can use every day to help you find balance, build resilience and boost your wellbeing.

Connect / Me whakawhanaunga - Talk and listen, be there, feel connectedTe whare tapa wha

Keep learning / Me ako tonu - Embrace new experiences, see opportunities, surprise yourself

Take notice / Me aro tonu - Remember the simple things that give you joy

Be active / Me kori tonu - Do what you can, enjoy what you do, move your mood

Give / Tukua - Your time, your words, your presence

Show your support

  • Update your email signature with a Mental Health Awareness Week one, available in either English or Te Reo Māori.
  • Download posters, screensavers, the explore guide and a wellbeing plan.
  • Get involve with some of the activities and competitions on offer, including the Mental Health Awareness Week Wellbeing Photo Challenge, Workplace Challenge and Colouring Competition.
  • Go to some of the events, including the Reading in Mind evening with Lorelei Mason, wellbeing walks, Lunchtime Greenpodchat Sessions and much more.

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Useful resources

Māori Health Framework

Canterbury's guide to achieve best health outcomes for whānau Māori.

Māori Health Action Plan

Māori Health Action Plan

Canterbury's Māori Health Action Plan on the District Health Board website.

He Kete Hauora Waitaha

Enabling assessment and planning for improved Māori health outcomes.

Manawhenua ki Waitaha

Manawhenua Ki Waitaha relationship chart.

Te Whare Tapa Whā

Te Whare Tapa Whā – the four cornerstones of Māori health.

Integrated Planning Guide

A resource for planning healthy, resilient and sustainable communities