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Iwi health navigators looking to stop accident injuries

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Te Arawa Whānau Ora says a $1.4 million partnership will lead to new training and tools to support injury prevention and rehabilitation research for the region’s ageing Māori population.

Deputy chair Eugene Berryman-Kamp says the Whaioranga te Pā Harakeke project will develop tikanga-based approaches to injury prevention; improve access to ACC and injury care services; and use iwi models of care to improve injury treatment, recovery, and health outcomes.

He says disproportionately high rates of injury are among the inequitable health outcomes that Māori experience.

Iwi-driven and co-designed models of care have the potential to improve injury-related health and wellbeing outcomes for older Māori.

Paeārahi or health navigators deeply rooted in te ao Māori who have already had a positive impact on cardiovascular and diabetes-related outcomes will be trained in injury care, recovery and rehabilitation.

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