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					PHARMAC’s Māori Responsiveness Strategy
Action Plan
Marama Parore
Ngati Whatua, Ngapuhi, Ngati Kahu
GM Access & Optimal Use – Pou Arahi Te Whaioranga
Gaps in Māori use of medicine
- after adjusting for age, burden of disease (need) and relevant to the
Pharmaceutical Schedule
Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  PHARMAC acknowledges the special relationship that exists
   between the Crown and Maori, and recognises the articles of
   the Treaty of Waitangi; and the principles
       Partnership;
       Protection;
       Participation.
Goal
 To ensure that Māori have:


      Access to subsidised medicines
      The knowledge to use these medicines safely and appropriately
History of the Māori
Responsiveness Strategy

 2001: 15 consultation hui


 2002: Māori Responsiveness Strategy I


 2007-2012: Māori Responsiveness Strategy II


 2012-2017: Māori Responsiveness Strategy III
PHARMAC survey - Key points from hui
     “there are barriers to accessing health professionals – cost, attitude to
      Māori, being treated as a number”
     “patients are not provided with sufficient information from chemists”
     “you aren’t told everything and you can’t ask what you don’t know”
     “chemist labels are confusing and hide the contents of the medicine”
     “Confusion around trade names versus generic medicines”
     “Medications need to be explained”
     “Print on small bottles are too little to read”
     “Kaumatua do not like to ask questions and are sometimes treated like
      they are thick”
     “Māori are unsure of medicines – there is an air of mistrust and often
      they just need understanding”
Māori Responsiveness Strategy

 –   Māori strategic priorities
 –   Internal capability
 –   Data collection and analysis
 –   Funding and procurement
 –   Information on subsidised medicines and optimal use
 –   Māori representation and participation
PHARMAC commitment to Māori Health
www.hrphow.co.nz
•   He Manawa Tahi Koiora Tini
•   Cardiovascular Disease – key priority
•   Tane Ora – Māori and Pacific Island men 35+ years
•   Māori and Pacific Island men die of heart disease, 10-14 years earlier than
    non-Māori and non-Pacific Island men
•   www.oneheartmanylives.co.nz
•   Asthma is the leading cause of childhood admissions to hospital
•   Māori and Pacific people are more likely to be hospitalised for asthma and
    have more severe chronic symptons
•   The ratio of SABA to ICS dispensings is higher in Māori and Pacific children
•   www.spacetobreathe.co.nz
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