Western Leader : January 17th 2012
www.westernleader.co.nz 16 WESTERN LEADER, JANUARY 17, 2012 ADVERTISEMENT HEALTH MATTERS HEALTHWEST TE PUNA MANAWA WHANAU ORA SERVICE 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. HealthWEST established a Whãnau Ora Service initially, to work alongside a well established Child & Family Service that delivers quality clinical and social ser vices to young people 0-24 and their whãnau. This collaboration has enhanced service delivery to high needs whãnau in the community and assisted whãnau to have the best of both world views. HealthWEST Whãnau Ora is about whãnau taking responsibility for whãnau and health professionals assisting in this process. Placing whãnau at the centre of all activities and supporting them to lead and create solutions for themselves. The majority of whãnau are already doing this and Whãnau Ora ser vices provides opportunities and "choices" for those whãnau that require services to share and learn from whãnau stories/pukorero and assisted by clinical health professionals. The heart of Whãnau Ora lies in building on whãnau strengths, capacity and capability, growing whãnau connections, supporting the development of whãnau leadership and enhancing best outcomes for whãnau. Research over many years shows that good quality, affordable housing, education, meaningful employment, access to goods and ser vices, opportunities for sport, recreation and connections to whãnau/family underpin both good socio economic and good health status. HealthWEST made a commitment to improve access to health and social services through the development of the Whãnau Ora Waka Outreach service. This service provides free and accessible information and education on primary health care services, social ser vices, justice services and education providers. The ser vice provides access to ser vices through communication between whãnau/family, their communities and providers. It also provides improved access to primary health care through a Whãnau-centred, holistic ser vice for people living in high needs areas within West Auckland. Our Whãnau Ora and other community services have been brought together at HealthWEST Te Puna Manawa at 18 Lincoln Road, Henderson. Te Puna Manawa, the new hub, is designed to provide ser vices ina ne nha n c ed yo u th/ whãn a u /fa mily frie ndly environment. Phone Gaylene Sharman on 839 7487 or Rocky Tahuri on 839 7494 at HealthWEST Te Puna Manawa for information on HealthWEST Whanau Ora Services. 3768590AO DO NOT NEGLECT YOUR TEETH ANOTHER YEAR! Q & A TO HELP YOU MAKE THAT APPOINTMENT! 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You can cancel a credit contract up to three days after you get all this info. For information on complaints and dispute resolutions, visit www. consumeraffairs.govt.nz.
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