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JUNE 2010

Kia Ora Hauora

Kidz First Children’s Hospital

1000 new Maaori health 10 Years Old workforce recruits by 2012

Carlton Irving

Kia Ora Hauora is an ambitious plan to get 1000 new Maaori health workforce recruits by 2012 says Bernard Te Paa, General Manager of Maaori Health at Counties Manukau District Health Board. The national Maaori health workforce development programme designed to meet future Maaori health service needs, was launched at Te Manukanuka o Hoturoa Marae in Auckland today. Counties Manukau DHB, along with Maaori workforce development organisation Te Rau Matatini, leads Kia Ora Hauora through a National Co-ordination Centre (NCC) and it is hoped Kia Ora Hauora will become the ‘portal’ of choice for any Maaori wanting to pursue a health career. The NCC will work closely with four Regional Co-ordination Hubs (RCHs) in Waitemata, Lakes, Capital & Coast and Canterbury DHBs.

Kiriana Bird

“Kia Ora Hauora aims to improve the uptake and achievement levels of Maaori secondary school science students, as well as enhance the recruitment and retention of Maaori tertiary students studying in health,” says Bernard Te Paa. “Kia Ora Hauora will be working closely with key stakeholders, ranging from secondary schools and tertiary institutions, to community and Maaori organisations, Maaori health providers and government departments. It is hoped that this concerted effort will positively influence and support Maaori choosing to embark on a health career pathway.” Those at the launch enjoyed a guided tour of the Kia Ora Hauora website, developed to speak directly to rangatahi in secondary schools, tertiary students, and people either already working in health, or people in the community looking for a career change. The website features career planning support, health career information, a scholarship database and Māori health professionals talking about their jobs, as well as tips on study and what to expect on a tertiary campus. “The Kia Ora Hauora website puts an emphasis on mentoring and Maaori specific support available at universities, wananga, polytechnics and tertiary study providers throughout Aotearoa”. “Kia ora Hauora also provides information and guidance to whanau and communities to help them support those choosing to embark on a health career, regardless of when they make that decision.” “I believe that boosting the size and quality of the Maaori health workforce, will lift the quality of the New Zealand health system,” Bernard Te Paa said.

Tuhakia Keepa, Programme Manager, Maaori Health, CMDHB

2010 celebrates the 10th anniversary of Kidz First Children’s Hospital.

Kidz First staff have had a very busy decade, with over 300,000 children discharged from Kidz First Children’s Hospital services and almost 200,000 outpatient appointments for babies, children and youth. With the largest concentration of the poorest children and the highest birth rate in the country, Kidz First Children’s Hospital will continue to see demand for their beds, staff and services sky-rocket. That’s why we have created a ‘Kidz First Investment Fund’. This fund will create long-term financial security for the hospital, and form an important investment in the health of our children, ensuring we continue to help thousands of Counties Manukau kids into the future. HELP US RAISE A TOTAL OF ONE MILLION DOLLARS TO LAUNCH OUR INVESTMENT FUND. Here are two ways you can invest in the future of Kidz First Children’s Hospital this year.

Buy a brick in the Kidz First Healing Garden. For $5,000 you’ll receive permanent recognition with your name on a brick in the garden at Kidz First Children’s Hospital.

Be a kid for a day On September 10 we’ll be challenging you to help us raise money for the Kidz First Investment Fund by being a kid for a day. Please contact the South Auckland Health Foundation office to be a part of this exciting initiative. Ph 09 270 8808. 100% of your donation will be invested in the Kidz First Investment Fund.

2010 June Connect+  

Counties Manukau Health staff publication

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