Western Leader : February 15th 2011
16 WESTERN LEADER, FEBRUARY 15, 2011 ADVERTISEMENT Health Matters WHANAU ORA -- SUPPORTING HEALTHY FAMILIES HealthWEST recognises that indigenous knowledge, resources and people have an important and distinctive contribution to make to improving people's health and wellbeing in New Zealand. Whanau Ora is an inclusive approach to providing services and opportunities to whanau/families across New Zealand. It empowers the family/whanau as a whole, r ather than focusing on individual members and their needs separately. Researchover manyyears shows thatgoodquality, affordablehousing, adecent education, meaningfulemployment, access to goods and services, opportunities for sport, recreation and connections to whanau /family underpin both good socio economic and good health status. Much effort has been put into improving Maori and Pacific health and other high needs populations through programmes specifically targeted to high needs groups and gains have been made. However, statistics continue to show that we need to do more to enable them to catch up with other groups. On average Maori and Pacific people have poorer health and poorer social economic status than other groups. Health professionals have an understanding of the need to maintain patient confidence, dignity and self respect. This requires an understanding of the cultur al world views and differing health perspectives of those with whom they interact. Last year HealthWEST introduced its Maori Health Action Plan to r aise the underst anding of st aff in its affiliated practices of a kaupapa Maori approach to ser vices for Maori patients. We then established a Whanau Or a Ser vice to support both patients and pr actices. Our small Whanau Ora service has since started to assist and support families with high needs who are either enrolled with selected GP practices or referred through existing HealthWEST services. The service is designed to be flexible, bringing together the health, social, economic and cultural issues that impact on the whanau/family's wellbeing. At the moment our Whanau Ora ser vice priority is to support ser vices within HealthWEST and key practices. However, we know there is a huge unmet need in the community and we hope to expand our programme over the months ahead. We all aspire to be in control of our own lives and to make the decisions about what we think is best for our whanau/family and to be health literate. Research by the Maori Director ate at the Ministry of Health reports that Maori have the lowest health literacy levels in New Ze aland. Literacy is much more than learning to read. It is also an understanding of what we read so that we can make informed choices and decisions. HealthWEST has made a commitment to develop Whanau Or a WAKA Outreach to enable all whanau /families to increase their health literacy to levels that enable them make those informed choices and decisions. The Whanau Ora WAK A Outre ach ser vice will provide information and education using our WOW Bus. Our Whanau Ora and other community ser vices have been brought together at Te Puna Manawa at 18 Lincoln Road, Henderson. Te Puna Manawa, the new hub, is designed to provide ser vices in an enhanced youth /whanau / family friendly environment. Phone HealthWEST PHO (09) 839 0556 for information on HealthWEST Practices & Ser vices DO NOT NEGLECT YOUR TEETH ANOTHER YEAR! Q & A TO HELP YOU MAKE THAT APPOINTMENT! Phone 8372260 Shop 4 /333 Great North Road, Henderson Crn Trading Place & Great Nth Rd 1) I cant afford to go to the dentist, its so expensive We will do a full check up & x-rays for only $65.00 We will design a treatment plan that you can do over time. 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Young children's eyes can be more susceptible to damage as their pupils are usually larger and their lenses clearer, which allows more UV light through,'' he says. The risks include cataracts and macular degeneration, which are leading causes of blind- ness later in life, as well as pterygia and cancer.'' He insists that sun- glasses should not be thought of simply as a fashion accessory. When you're out in the sun, putting sun- glasses on your child should be as instinctive as applying sunscreen.'' SunSmart representa- tive, Laurianne Rein- sborough, confirms that the wrap' component of their slip, slop, slap and wrap message is incred- ibly important, as is making the sun safety experience fun. Take the kids with you to get their sun- glasses and help them pick out the items them- selves, this way they are much more likely to wear them.'' As part of their initiat- ive to educate children and parents about the dangers of UV exposure to the eye, Visique optometrists nationwide are giving away a selec- tion of free sunglasses for five-year-old new entrants. General manager Pete Campbell says by encouraging kiwi kids to wear sunglasses from an early age, Visique are aiming to raise aware- ness of the risks of UV radiation to children's eyesight. He also stresses the importance of standards. Sunglasses should have dark lenses and wrap around the eye to block 99 to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB.'' Wearing sunglasses, with a hat, is the best way to reduce radiation exposure to the eye to virtually zero and pre- vent long-term damage.
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