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Shot in the arm for health improvements

Last updated 05:00 20/03/2014

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Health services are getting a cohesive boost to their role in the nor-west.

The Auckland North Localities Operational Group is scoping work programmes after feedback from workshops with interested groups which began last year.

Communication and access to services are a few of the main themes from both the community and non-government organisation sector and health professionals and Waitemata District Health Board members.

The group is also co-ordinating with the Auckland Regional Dental Service to further support its programme in west Rodney where children have been going to hospital because of poor oral health like decaying teeth. The group has been impressed with innovative models of community development from the likes of the Helensville District Health Trust which was gifted the former Parakai Tavern in 2013 and its aims to redevelop it into a house of wellbeing.

West Rodney has been chosen as one of the high needs sectors alongside Tamaki and West Auckland. It covers the five marae of Ngati Whatua and townships of Waimauku, Kumeu, Kaukapakapa, Riverhead, Muriwai, Parakai, Helensville and Huapai.

The group's collaborative approach between health providers, funders, iwi and community intends to place communities at the heart of how health services are planned and where and how they are delivered.

Health Link North and Te Runanga o Ngati Whatua representatives spoke with people at the Parakai Farmers Market and South Kaipara Safe Summer Campaign at the end of last year. Feedback is welcome for a survey at surveymonkey. com/s/WestRodneyLocality.

Go to healthlinknorth.org.nz or email Anne at anne@healthlinknorth.org.nz for more information.

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