Moko’s off to the UN

The Northland Age - - Local News -

Dr Lance O’Sul­li­van will lead a del­e­ga­tion from Kaitaia’s Moko Foun­da­tion to the UN per­ma­nent fo­rum on indige­nous is­sues in New York next month.

He will present dig­i­tal health mod­els of care as a “cir­cuit breaker” for health in­equities he says drive sig­nif­i­cant loss of op­por­tu­ni­ties for indige­nous peo­ple. Dr O’Sul­li­van said it was his life’s work to democra­tise health careusing tech­nol­ogy and re­mote di­ag­no­sis to shorten re­sponse times, and place con­trol of health in the hands of in­di­vid­u­als, fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties.

That ap­proach had trans­formed com­mu­ni­ties of­ten over­looked in con­ven­tional health sys­tems, in­clud­ing indige­nous com­mu­ni­ties. The pro­gram­me­was rel­e­vant to com­mu­ni­ties around the world.

“Timely ac­cess to health ser­vices for vul­ner­a­ble pop­u­la­tions is a global is­sue. Our work in this area in Aotearoa New Zealand has with­out doubt made a dif­fer­ence. We want to ad­vo­cate for in­no­va­tive health ap­proaches for indige­nous peo­ples and other pop­u­la­tions glob­ally.

“What’s more, ap­proaches such as re­mote di­ag­no­sis have rel­e­vance to many sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment goals, such as good health and well­be­ing, re­duced in­equal­i­ties and in­dus­try, in­no­va­tion and in­fras­truc­ture, po­ten­tially help­ing us reach those goals faster.”

His ap­pear­ance be­fore the fo­rum would high­light the need for indige­nous voices in dis­cus­sions on sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment goals.

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