Hauora Health

He whānau ora        He hapu ora        He Īwi ora        Tīhei Te Oranga

Healthy people make healthy decisions

Low income whānau face huge health issues such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, asthma, emphysema and rheumatic fever. Those issues are compounded by poor quality health care, and the availability of health threatening products such as tobacco, fast foods and alcohol.

 MANA supports access to free primary health care, healthy food, warm housing and a decent income, to improve the health and wellbeing of all citizens in Aotearoa. 

MANA policy priorities are to: 

Support whānau health and wellbeing 

  • Work towards a free public health service
  • Extend public health to include primary care for eyes, ears, and teeth
  • Help eradicate the diseases of poverty through the provision of warm housing, decent incomes, affordable healthy food and free health
  • Develop and promote prevention-focused health strategies, beginning with the promotion of sports, health and nutrition education at schools
  • Support programmes that facilitate healthy relationships, mental health promotion programmes like anti-bullying, violence and suicide prevention. 
  • Support Pharmac’s role in providing affordable medicine by protecting it from  unfair trade agreements that support overseas drug companies
  • Extend free after-hours medical care to children up to 18 years and for senior citizens
  • Provide free family planning advice and free contraception and sanitary products
  • Reinstate the Mental Health Commissioner and increase funding for mental health services, especially for children and young people
  • Promote the concept of whānau ora in health delivery
  • Ensure all veterans have access to a Veterans’ Pension
  • Ensure that people caring for family members with disabilities are paid a liveable income 

Equitable access to non-discriminatory, quality health care  

  • Eliminate institutional racism in the health system through
    • a more robust auditing of services
    • rigorous monitoring of equal access for Māori and Pasifika
    • a renewed focus on improving health statistics for low-income Māori and Pasifika families
    • expansion of Māori health programmes with proven outcomes, including initiatives in mental health, rongoā Māori and Māori health practices
  • Pay parity for healthcare and aged care workers
  • Compulsory standards and minimum staffing and training levels for aged care providers
  • Paramedic and emergency response training for areas where health services are scarce 

Limit access to unhealthy kai

  • Restrict the advertising of fast food chains to children and young people
  • More strictly regulate what goes into processed foods and beverages
  • Limit fast food outlets and pokie venues in low-decile communities

 

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