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Rongoā and karakia part of mental health approach

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Waitematā District Health Board is boosting Māori capacity in its mental health and addiction services.

It's taking on two new Māori psychiatry registrars to add to the five doctors already working in its Whītiki Maurea division.

Psychiatrist Kiri Prentice says Māori kaupapa services and Māori leadership are essential to improving health outcomes.

"People deserve the best specialist mental health care and addiction care and also a kaupapa Māori approach - rongoā, traditional practices, waiata, karakia, some of those things are run of the mill for our team," she says.

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