Kōrero o te `Ōrau’s Ātui'anga ki te Tango programme members getting their RAT test at Tupapa Primary Care before heading to Mangaia earlier this month. Te Marae Ora wants to reorient its services with greater focus on prevention rather than curative care. Kōrero o te `Ōrau/23012214
Te Marae Ora (TMO) Ministry of Health is holding internal discussions into reorienting the services at the Tupapa Primary Care, Public Health and Oral Health with greater focus on prevention rather than curative care.
Health secretary, Bob Williams said since
normalising Covid-19 in July 2022, TMO has redirected its focus on NCDs (non
communicable diseases) treatment and management with increased focus towards
Williams said the mental health unit is now
being relocated to a more spacious office in Tupapa.
TMO is also looking forward to the opening
of the Mental Health facility at the Rarotonga Hospital in the coming months.
Williams said a submission will be made to
the Minister and to Cabinet once TMO completes its internal discussions
for the way forward on how the services at primary care, public health and oral
health can be reoriented to improve the delivery of quality healthcare at the
“Part of the reorientation includes
strengthening partnership with private practitioners in the country.”
Williams said TMO have already set in place
dedicated weekly NCDs clinics at Tupapa and also in the community clinics.
“We have also added an extra doctor to
the Mental Health Unit.
“Recent discussions with the team confirmed
that the Men’s Health Programme can also be undertaken by the unit.”
Te Marae Ora, Ministry for Health secretary Bob Willis at the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) meeting in Barbados. 23012035 / TMO
Williams, who attended a Small Island
Developing States (SIDS) meeting in Barbados earlier this month focusing on NCDs
and mental health, said the event was timely as TMO is also holding similar
discussions on the same issues.
“We also look forward to the final
recommendations once endorsed by the SIDS Ministers in June 2023,” he said.
He said discussions in Barbados were based
on pathways to accelerate national NCDs and mental health response in Small
Island Developing States.
Other discussions included: reorienting
health systems with primary care as resilient foundation for universal
health coverage, addressing NCDs and mental health in the face of climate
change and health emergencies.
Williams said breakout sessions included
sustainable and innovative financing for NCDs and mental health in SIDS, the
impact of climate change on NCDs and mental health and commercial determinants
of health and addressing conflicts of interest.