Boost for Pa­cific health

Central Leader - - NEWS -

More Pa­cific people are be­ing sought to join the Auck­land District Health Board’s work­force in a bid to im­prove Pa­cific health.

The strat­egy is part of a new com­mu­nity-driven health ac­tion plan called Our Health in Our Hands launched by both Auck­land and Waitem­ata district health boards.

Waitem­ata DHB chief ex­ec­u­tive Dr Dale Bram­ley hopes the plan will sig­nif­i­cantly im­prove the health of Auck­land’s Pa­cific pop­u­la­tion.

‘‘Too many Pa­cific people die early from heart dis­ease, lung cancer, di­a­betes, obe­sity and stroke,’’ he says.

The plan lists six main pri­or­i­ties, in­clud­ing en­cour­ag­ing Pa­cific people to be smoke-free, eat well and seek med­i­cal help early.

It was de­vel­oped af­ter con­sul­ta­tion with hun­dreds of people from Pa­cific com­mu­ni­ties in cen­tral Auck­land, West Auck­land and the North Shore, Bram­ley says.

‘‘We want to re­alise the as­pi­ra­tions of our Pa­cific com­mu­nity to live long and healthy lives.’’

It will see Auck­land DHB con­tinue fund­ing par­ish nurses to pro­vide church-based health ed­u­ca­tion, while three full­time nurses will soon be work­ing with west Auck­land and North Shore churches.

The plan aims to in­crease the num­ber of Pa­cific people in the DHB work­force and en­sure that these staff mem­bers are re­tained.

It also sets out to de­velop a Pa­cific Well­ness at Work Pro­gramme for Pa­cific em­ploy­ees.

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