Holistic approach to all aspects of health

by Miraka Norgate, Health Promoter Smokefree, Nelson Marlborough Health

  Miraka Norgate

Miraka Norgate

Tēnā koutou katoa:

Ka tū ahau I runga tōku maunga Ko Maungataniwha
Ka titiro whakararo ki tōku awa e rere nei Ko Tapapa
I hoea mai ōku tupuna I tōku waka Ko Ngatokimatawhaorua
He uri ahau no te Iwi o Te Taitokerau.
Ka noho piritahi toku iwi I toku marae ko Ngapuhi
Ko Reihana taku ingoa whānau
Ko Norgate taku ingoa marena
Ko Miraka ahau.

He mihi nui tēnei kia koe te Tumuaki o Te Piki Oranga Anne Hobby, for inviting me to contribute a kōrero for the June pānui.

I’m a Smokefree Health Promoter for Public Health and I hold a designated Māori role which comes under our Māori General Manager Ditre Tamatea, Te Waka Hauora, (within the NMH).

As a Health Promoter I work district wide, moving comfortably within our communities, Iwi, Maata Waka, Te Waka Hauora, Maori Providers, Marae, Kohanga Reo, Kura Kaupapa, Nelson Bays Primary Health, schools and colleges. I also work with our church organisations such as St. Vincent de Paul, Red Cross and Salvation Army.

Working collaboratively within our community certainly gives me a wide scope to promote and present our kaupapa Auahi Kore to our whanau/community who are then supported from our Cessation Practitioners within Te Piki Oranga and across Te Tau Ihu. We have our Cessation Practitioners in both our hospitals, they work tirelessly to achieve our Ministry of Health (MOH) targets. 

IF ANYONE REQUIRES ANY SUPPORT Contact 0800 667 665

The benefits include:

  • Intensive one on one support with a quit coach.
  • Home visits, workplace support and community clinics.
  • Nicotine replacement therapy.
  • Information about other quit smoking products and services; and
  • A complementary approach to the Quit line service that offers 24/7 support.

 Pēpi first programme is also offered to our Hapū (pregnant Mum’s)

The benefits include:

  • Vouchers to reward your progress
  • Intensive one-on one support with a Quit Coach.
  • Home visits workplace support and community clinics.
  • Nicotine replacement therapy
  • Information about other quit smoking products and services; and
  • A complementary approach to the Quit line service that offers 24/7 support.

To bring this collaborative mahi together as a Smokefree health promoter, I believe it gives me the opportunity to promote holistic approach to all aspects of health, such as cervical smears, breast screening, vaccinations, oral health, healthy eating, healthy homes and exercise. Once the promotion aspect of my role is completed, referrals are made to the appropriate partners. "Ko mutu taku mahi". (My job is complete.)

No reira I te Tumuaki tēnā koe, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa.