Boost for Pacific health
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.