Northland District Health Board make commitment to equitable healthcare

The Northland District Health Board is confirming its commitment to equitable healthcare.

In a meeting yesterday, the NDHB board endorsed a position statement on equity which outlined its commitment to "ensuring equity of access, experience and outcomes for those populations who need our support the most".

The statement also highlighted a particular relevance for Māori in recognition of their status as tangata whenua. It concluded by linking the position on equity to the NDHB's overall approach to achieving optimal health and wellbeing for all Northlanders.

In the decision paper which was submitted to the board (which contained the proposed position statement), it detailed the Ministry of Health's definition of equity as having, "...differences in health that are not only avoidable but unfair and unjust. Equity recognises different people with different levels of advantage require different approaches and resources to get equitable health outcomes".


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Abridged, taken from an article in the Northern Advocate, 24 July 2020