By: Anne Hobby, Tumuaki (General Manager)
Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou.
As we reach the end of our fourth year of operation, although young in service delivery terms, we are no longer in the establishmment phase. The past four years have given us some lessons that we can use to forge our own path for Māori wellbeing and this is reflected in our new Strategic Plan. Our Board has worked with management and staff to develop a more progressive strategic plan that looks towards prevention and addressing the determinants of health.
Much of the original business case and subsequent Nelson Marlborough DHB contract in 2014 was concerned with chronic conditions. Chronic or long term conditions are any ongoing, long-term or reoccurring condition that can have a significant impact on peoples lives (NHC 2007). This includes diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, mental illness, chronic pain etc. Many of our people are managing more than one of these condition at a time and this is stressful for everyone. While we are committed to looking after our people we are united in wanting to do more to prevent these conditions from forming.
Improved nutrition is the rongoa for most longterm conditions, and Te Piki Oranga is committed to getting a better understanding of how we can support whānau to maintain a healthy diet, starting with ourselves. We often say our mokopuna are our future so we need to look after them by not giving them sugary drinks. We can lead the way by having a healthy food policy and only serving healthy kai to our whānau and manuhiri.
Kia ora Koutou.
Photos at the Strategic Planning Hui at The MudCastle