Health policy, health inequalities and Maori

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Canterbury University Press
University of Canterbury. School of Health Sciences
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Ahuriri-Driscoll, A.

Health policy has the very important role of guiding the efforts of the health sector towards population health, navigating the ‘choppy waters’ or dynamic contexts within which health is impacted and promoted. As the whakataukī (proverb/s) above caution, there are inherent dangers in being misguided, or in not coordinating efforts. In relation to Māori health, policy in Aotearoa New Zealand is marked by fluctuations between policies of assimilation and policies that support the retention and development of Māori interests (Durie, 2005, p. 4). Policy changes have been subtle but at times profound, moving gradually closer to a Māori worldview within a sectorally based public sector (Cunningham & Durie, 2005, p. 211). With reference primarily to public policy, this chapter will outline the broad dimensions of health policy in New Zealand, how health policy has, and has not, addressed the needs of Māori with particular reference to the health disparities that characterise Māori health in New Zealand.

Ahuriri-Driscoll, A. (2016) Health policy, health inequalities and Maori. In J. Maidment and L. Beddoe (Ed.). Social Policy for Social Work and Human Services in Aotearoa New Zealand: Diverse Perspectives (pp. 137-149). Christchurch: Canterbury University Press.
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Field of Research::11 - Medical and Health Sciences::1117 - Public Health and Health Services::111713 - Māori Health
Fields of Research::44 - Human society::4407 - Policy and administration::440706 - Health policy
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