With the mission to provide exceptional clinical care for the people of Cook Islands, the Ministry of Health has been working closely with Pasifika Medical to provide and look after those who are referred to New Zealand for further care.
This will take effect
from November 27.
Te Marae Ora (TMO),
Health Ministry’s secretary Bob Williams revealed this at the launch of its
2023-2027 Te Marae Ora Ara-Tango Anga’anga – National Health Strategic Plan.
And providing better
care for referral patients is one of their key focuses on the plan that relates
to hospital health services.
“Our mission is to
provide exceptional clinical care and services in strict adherence to the
policies and resources stipulated by TMO ensuring the utmost satisfaction of
“We know that we
deliver secondary and tertiary care people at our main hospital health
The aim is to improve
health delivery and hospital health services including the referral of our
people to New Zealand,” Williams said at the launch on Friday.
He said: “This is an
area that we've been working on with our counterparts in New Zealand. That's
been ominous as announced. But we've delayed for Pasifika Medical Association
through a to Pasifika in New Zealand to take over responsibility of looking
after and caring of our people being referred to New Zealand to take effect
from the 27th of this month, November going forward.”
He said it is a way
of providing the best services for those who will be referred to for further
health care in New Zealand.
The strategic plan
also focuses on the Pa Enua, non-communicable diseases (NCD), oral health and
Williams said the
strategic plan provides the founding pathway of Cook Islands health journey for
the next five years.
He explained that the
key plans are guided by eight Key Result Areas (KRAs) and 200 target indicators
aiming to ensure that all people living in the Cook Islands live healthier
Williams said they
are now prioritising the delivery of health care services to people in the pa
He said this is one
of the best documents, that is valid to continue up to 2036 in terms of the way
forward for the Ministry of Health.
He said the strategic
focus areas for the ministry is health administration and management dedicated
to fostering quality health services, ensuring workforce development and
implementing robust governance, financial systems and information
infrastructure to secure a sustainable future.
Williams said the
nursing school that is established with Whitireia Community Polytechnic
Limited, New Zealand, and with the University of the South Pacific (USP) is one
of the initiatives that they have initiated in terms of growing the health
“We are also looking
at doctors, how we can best increase the number of local doctors for our
Minister of Health going forward within the next five years.”
Williams said public
health is committed to the enhancement of population health, driven by the
principles of universal health coverage and in alignment with the vision of the
“So far, we have
launched and roll rolled out to four islands in southern group with our healthy
island initiatives and smoke free islands. We will be going to Aitutaki shortly
before the end of the month.
He said given the
situation with transportation to the northern group, they may not be able to
get across before the end of the year.
“But it doesn't mean
that we will stop there. It may just that we have to roll out the programme
early next year to complete the rollout of the healthy Island initiative and
smoke free islands to our Pa Enua, and thanks to UNICEF who has come on board
together with who to fund this initiative to be implemented in the Cook
In terms of
pharmaceutical services and diagnostic diagnostics, TMO aims to enhance quality
life for both patients and communities through local medicine.
“Local medicine has
been mentioned in the past and we are just looking at best we can integrate
local health medicines.
“Something we've been
looking at our current existing legislations where best we can accommodate our
local traditional healers should they be included in our healthcare delivery of
services to our people.”
The plan was launched
by Cook Islands Investment Corporation (CIIC) Minister Albert Nicholas.
graham roper on 13/11/2023
Mr Williams, TMO plan, version ? Was promised servial times during the year, along with staff pay increases. Constant delays leaves little trust in a plan that, for example explains such things as , what happened to the $5 + million dollars ‘gifted’ by Japan 2 years ago.? ( not that I’m suggesting that the Cook Islands PM was the only supporter of the release of nuclear waste water in Japan) . Maybe the plan also describes the $1.6 million TMO surplus shown in the 2021 accounts?