Helensville Hosts Matariki Community Health Workshop Series

Health providers in Helensville have teamed up with Mâori medicine practitioner Donna Kerridge, to offer a series of three evening workshops.
Dr Tomos Longworth, (Kaipara Medical Centre) initiated the workshops to help break down barriers between Mâori and Western health systems.
Dr Tomos says, “no health system has all the answers and we are lucky in Helensville to have a broad range of health practitioners in our community. I think collaborations like this are important to demonstrate to our patients how the old and the new can work alongside each other in a way that is safe and respectful of complementary approaches to achieving wellbeing including rongoâ, Mâori health services, pharmacy, physio & local GP services)”
The events are designed to:
encourage our community to access appropriate primary health care services in a timely manner in order prevent more serious health concerns developing
introduce whanau and the wider community to mainstream health providers in the area who are sympathetic to the continued use of traditional Mâori healing practices and;
reconnect whanau to their traditional healing practices.
Each of the workshops will offer Mâori medicine presentations, a public question and answer session with the panel of local registered health experts and facilitated discussions on special interest health topics.
Dame Rangimarie Naida Glavish from the Auckland & Waitemata District Health Boards Executive Leadership teams and NgâtiWhatua leader will deliver the opening address for the series. “I am delighted to be invited and I am so proud to see my home town taking a leadership role in improving health outcomes for our people. This is truly an event for the whole community, by the community. It is an event that is designed to benefit all cultures and all of this has been organised, delivered and funded within the community itself. This is a true collaboration of all facets of our community”
Details for the events are as follows: -
Dates: Tuesday 23 July, 30 July, 6 August, Time: 6:30-9:30pm each evening, Venue: Helensville Town Hall, Entry: $5 per person per event
Registration: Prior registration is required and can be made at the Helensville Library. (first 50 registrations will receive a goodie bag on the night)
Some transport to and from the events is available for those whom transport might be a barrier. Please contact Donna Tapurau, Te Ha Orangaph: 09-420-8523 or 0800MYTEHA
Event Enquiries to: Donna Kerridge at donna@oranewzealand.com
Organisers would like to thank the following organisations for their support:
Auckland Council (Helensville Library), Helensville Pharmacy, Kaipara High School Kapa Haka GroupNgâTaniwha o Kaipara, Kaipara Medical Centre, Te Runanga o Ngâti Whatua, Ora New Zealand, Physio Flex, Te Ha Oranga, Maori Health Services.

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