Health ser­vice re­veal

Eastern Courier - - FRONT PAGE - LIU CHEN

Pri­mary health or­gan­i­sa­tion (PHO) East Health Trust is invit­ing the com­mu­nity to join its Asian Health and Well-be­ing Day to­mor­row.

The free ed­u­ca­tion event will be pre­sented in the English, Chi­nese, Korean and Hindi lan­guages, with the aim to help Asian res­i­dents un­der­stand and bet­ter use health ser­vices.

Gen­eral prac­ti­tion­ers are go­ing to lead two learn­ing ses­sions, with the first fo­cus­ing on how dif­fer­ent parts of the health sys­tem fit to­gether, and tells at­ten­dees about var­i­ous schemes and how to en­rol with a fam­ily doc­tor.

Dis­cussing the spe­cific cir­cum­stances around see­ing a fam­ily doc­tor and pre­ven­ta­tive health mea­sures such as heart and di­a­betes checks, and cer­vi­cal and breast screen­ing are the top­ics for the sec­ond ses­sion.

‘‘We hope an un­der­stand­ing of the sys­tem would mean that our Asian com­mu­nity are more likely to get the best health­care for them­selves re­sult­ing in health out­comes that are the same as other pop­u­la­tions in our area,’’ East Health chief ex­ec­u­tive Loretta Hansen says.

‘‘We look for­ward to a closer re­la­tion­ship with our Asian com­mu­nity and that they feel happy to be en­gaged with their GPs and also with the PHO.’’

The trust rec­om­mends people to en­rol with a fam­ily doc­tor, get health checks done reg­u­larly and get fa­mil­iar with where to go for med­i­cal treat­ment.

It also re­minds people to use the free Health­line 0800 611 116 and of the avail­abil­ity of lan­guage sup­port.

Mem­bers from Asian Fam­ily Ser­vices, Coun­ties Manukau Health, Asian Net­work, and Botany Junc­tion Med­i­cal are also in­volved in the trust’s Asian health work­ing group which has or­gan­ised the event.

‘‘We warmly wel­come all na­tion­al­i­ties and cul­tures,’’ Hansen says.

Asian Health and Well-be­ing Day is from 9.30am to 1.30pm on Satur­day, April 29, at Te Tuhi Cen­tre, 13 Reeves Road, Paku­ranga, and there will be re­fresh­ments, prize draws, health checks and in­for­ma­tion stalls.

To reg­is­ter, con­tact East Health on phone 09 538 0599 or email jor­dynk@east­ for the English lan­guage group. For other groups, phone the Asian Net­work on 09 815 2338 or send an email to the or­gan­iser at he­­net­ now in a sta­ble con­di­tion.

A search is still un­der­way to find the man who shot the male Flat Bush res­i­dent.

De­tec­tive Se­nior Sergeant Dar­rell Harpur says po­lice are tak­ing the case ’’very se­ri­ously’’.

A scene ex­am­i­na­tion and foren­sic test­ing took place on Mon­day, April 24.

‘‘Po­lice are still work­ing to es­tab­lish ex­actly what has oc­curred at the ad­dress and are not in a po­si­tion to make any fur­ther com­ment at this stage,’’ Harpur says.

Po­lice are ask­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic to come for­ward if they have any in­for­ma­tion about the shoot­ing which took place in Du­naff Place, Flat Bush, in the early min­utes of April 24.

To re­port a crime or any sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity, call 111 in an emer­gency, Coun­ties Manukau Po­lice on 09 261 1300, or Crimestop­pers anony­mously on 0800 555 111.


Mem­bers of East Health Trust’s Asian health work­ing group, Kwee Goh, John Wong, Jor­dyn Kipa, Kitty Ko and Rudy Bakker.

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