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Equity is vital to our practice as nurses. We need to consider not just for the people we serve but also the people we employ and colleagues we work alongside.
“In Aotearoa NZ, people have differences in healthcare that are not only avoidable but unfair and unjust.
Equity recognises different people with different levels of advantage may require different approaches and resources to get the same outcomes.
Improving health equity means actively addressing and ameliorating differences in access to healthcare among different groups.”
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New Zealand’s system of government is strongly influenced by the Treaty of Waitangi, known in te reo Māori (the Māori language) as Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
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Māori Health Review is a regular update that features the latest research in the Māori Health
Equity and improving access
Covid-19 has triggered rapid changes in the delivery of health services, and highlighted the need to address equity by improving access. Telehealth solutions can assist in continuity of care in a safe, secure and sustainable way.
Wai 2575 Health Services and Outcomes Kaupapa Inquiry
Initiated in November 2016, the Waitangi Tribunal Health Services and Outcomes Inquiry (Wai 2575) will hear all claims concerning grievances relating to health services and outcomes of national significance for Māori
Wai 2575 Māori Health Trends Report data and resources
The Ministry of Health’s Māori Health Insights team has produced the Māori Health Trends Report, to inform the Wai 2575 Health Services and Outcomes Kaupapa Inquiry (Wai 2575).
Wilson, D., Heaslip, V., & Jackson, D. (2018). Improving equity and cultural responsiveness with marginalised communities: Understanding competing worldviews. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 27(19-20), 3810-3819. doi:10.1111/jocn.14546
Came, H., Cornes, R., & McCreanor, T. (2018). Treaty of Waitangi in New Zealand public health strategies and plans 2006–2016. The New Zealand Medical Journal, 131(1469).
Senior Nurses’ Understanding of Health Equity, The University of Auckland. Sonia Hawkins
The aim of the study was to identify senior nurses’ understanding of health equity and to explore how health equity is embedded into nursing practice, in order to contribute to equitable nursing practice that leads to improved health outcomes for Māori.