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New online tool puts the focus on health of Maori men

Thursday, August 17, 2017   Posted in: Resources and Information By: Administrator With tags: maori, men, mens health, health determinants

Mana Tane Ora o Aotearoa media release: Tuesday 15th August 2017

Mana Tāne Ora o Aotearoa - the National Māori Men’s Health Coalition.Mana Tāne Ora o Aotearoa - the National Māori Men’s Health Coalition - have launched the Tāne Ora Health Indicator tool.

“Improving Māori men’s health is our country’s greatest opportunity” says Chair Riki Nia Nia.

Māori men have the lowest life expectancy, and many instances the poorest standard of health of any population group in Aotearoa.

“The Māori Men’s Health Indicator tool identifies key priority areas that we need to focus on if Māori men are to be enabled to fulfill their potential as the best fathers, brothers, sons, husbands and leaders at home, at school, at work and in the community,” he says.

The Tāne Ora tool has identified the six primary health and wellbeing indicators:

  • heart disease,
  • diabetes,
  • smoking,
  • mental health,
  • education (18 year olds with NCEA Level 2 or higher) and
  • the number of young Māori men not in employment, education or training (NEETs).

Mr Nia Nia says the Māori Men’s Health Indicators tool recognises the significance of social determinants that typically sit outside the health sector.

“For example to improve the educational achievements of young Māori men would positively impact the wellbeing of Māori men and their whānau.”

Mana Tāne Ora hopes that the new tool will result in more deliberate and intentional strategic discussions on Māori men’s health by decision-makers in our country and will positively influence and target more meaningful and effective investment.

“The system needs to start seeing Māori men as our greatest opportunity not our biggest risk. It needs to start investing in the enormous potential out Māori men have and need to look at how we can create rapid change to surface this investment.

“We can all do better and if we do the whole country will benefit. The statistics show we do not have the luxury of continuing to do the same thing over and over again, its almost as bad as doing nothing,” says Mr Nia Nia.

The Māori Men’s Health Indicator tool is available online.

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