Home help to define GP’S orders
Doctors’ orders can be confusing, especially if you struggle with the English language.
A new Pacific health service will endeavour to solve this problem by explaining health issues to patients in their own homes.
The Pacific Navigation Service was launched last Thursday to a hundred-strong crowd at Te Rauparaha Arena.
Doctors, nurses and health professionals mixed with the Pacific community in a day of lectures, workshops and activities based around illnesses affecting Pacific people, from diabetes to heart disease and rheumatic fever.
Doctors often can’t overcome the language and cultural barriers surrounding Pacific patients, Pacific Navigation Service manager Kupa Kupa says.
They also lack the time to spend explaining what medicines do or how to care for long-term health problems.
‘‘You can see the risks that might be involved,’’ Mr Kupa says.
‘‘The GP obviously has to be racing through because she or he has so many bookings. Whereas we have a little bit more time.’’
Doctors throughout the Wellington region can refer Pacific patients to Mr Kupa’s service and a nurse or community support worker will then visit the patient in their home.
‘‘Our main thing is working out in the community. Our service really is to help Pacific people access services and to understand some of the illnesses they have,’’ Mr Kupa said.
The service is funded by the Capital & Coast District Health Board and works alongside Compass Health and Well Health providers. Its nine staff are split between the Fanau Centre in Cannon’s Creek and Well Health’s office in Newtown.