Waikato DHB CADS - Waharoa Hauora Initiative

Andie SimsonWritten by Andie Simson – CADS Hamilton, Social Worker

Kia ora koutou

From the 4th of April, I have the privilege of being involved in a pilot Kaupapa Māori, Iwi-based initiative with Ngati Haua o Hauora. I will be based at Waharoa Hauora every Thursday from the 4th April going forward in association with a mental health nurse and Kaitakawaenga. The outcomes of this pilot will inform partnerships with iwi in other locations. 

The focus of this collaborative partnership is to promote and enhance Whānau and Iwi participation, engagement and support from a local point of access, the community of Waharoa.

The key aims of this working relationship are:

  • Partner with Iwi to provide referrals and links to NGO’s and community services
  • Promote and enhance Whānau and Iwi involvement and engagement
  • Promote potential for Whānau to participate in discharge planning from Henry Rongomau Bennett Centre
  • Provide after care support post discharge from  Henry Rongamau Bennett Centre (“HRBC”)
  • Partner and instigate local Alcohol and Drug, and Mental Health group sessions with local Iwi, Whānau and other services
  • Initiate a direct link to the CADS and Mental Health multi-disciplinary teams discussions for complex presentations
  • Promote a harm reduction model, enhancing safer use within the community for Alcohol and other substances
  • Provide education sessions in partnership with local Whānau and Iwi
  • Initiate community and home visits in collaboration with Waharoa Hauora
  • Offer health promotion activities in the community

This new initiative is an exciting and positive opportunity of which I feel honoured to be part of.  I look forward to promoting and strengthening supportive, collaborative and reciprocal relationships with Whānau and Iwi to enhance the wellbeing of the Waharoa community. I hope you all embrace and support this model of engagement which recognises that our rural communities often come with complex needs which requires a collaborative agency/organisation approach.

For more information please contact Creatingourfutures@waikatodhb.health.nz

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