The College's 2017 Māori health strategy sets out to address the vision of the College regarding Māori health equity over the next five years.

About the College’s refreshed five-year Māori strategy

He Ihu Waka, He Ihu Whenua, He Ihu Tangata is the College’s refreshed five-year Māori strategy. It is our great pleasure to see this strategy come to fruition. This strategy follows on from our 2012 Māori strategy He Ihu Waka, He Ihu Whenua.

The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (the College) has a long standing commitment to achieving Māori health equity and the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Health equity is one of the College’s four strategic pillars.

We recognise that this is a significant undertaking which requires a whole of College approach and support from our entire membership. It challenges us to ensure that Māori health equity becomes ingrained throughout the College’s ethos and work programme. The College’s commitment is reflected in equitable resourcing and dedicated Māori health expertise which will help us achieve the outcomes of this strategy.

The vision is “He mana hauora taurite mō ngāi Māori” (achieving health equity for Māori). The strategy has a sharpened focus to increase the number of Māori general practitioners; determine and enable a culturally and clinically competent general practitioner workforce, and to provide leadership and advocacy across the primary health sector to achieve equitable health outcomes for Māori.

We know this work will ultimately support and shape our general practitioner workforce, better enabling general practitioners to respond and contribute to improving the health outcomes of Māori and their whānau.

2012 strategy

This strategy was developed by the College’s policy team in conjunction with Te Akoranga a Māui (the College’s Māori faculty). It was designed to maximise the College and its members’ contribution to achieving health equity for Māori.