Pacific communities experience lower life expectancy than most other groups and much higher rates of avoidable death than the New Zealand average. Our health system must do more to ensure Pacific peoples have the same health outcomes as other New Zealanders.
Many of the reforms to the health system will have a significant, positive impact for Pacific peoples by:
Pacific communities will be better able to shape how primary and community care is delivered close to where they live, ensuring that a wider range of services is available to meet their needs, with more services having been designed for and by Pacific communities.
At a national level, the Ministry of Health and Health NZ will work with leaders and experts in Pacific health to identify best practice and ensure it spreads throughout the future health system. A stronger focus on improved outcomes for Pacific peoples will also drive accelerated improvement in the quality of care and health outcomes.
Engaging with Pacific communities will be part of the detailed design work of the new health system, with both the Ministry of Health and Health New Zealand, including areas such as how to increase the participation of Pacific communities in the planning and delivery of services.