Talanoa to shift Pacific health and wellbeing focus

News article

09 August 2019

The Ministry of Health is hosting talanoa (conversations) around Aotearoa New Zealand to find out from Pacific communities what’s working and what we need to do differently to improve Pacific peoples’ health and wellbeing, which is key to achieving a more equitable health system.

Insights gained during talanoa will form the core of the Pacific Health Action Plan being developed by the Ministry. The Action Plan will address the inequitable poorer health outcomes Pacific peoples in Aotearoa New Zealand tend to experience, while helping achieve the Government’s health priorities of improved mental health, access to primary health care, and child and youth wellbeing.

We want to hear from as many Pacific peoples as possible, as this enhances the richness of our talanoa. Please help us spread the word about this important and timely opportunity to shift the Ministry’s Pacific health focus amongst your fanau, friends, communities, colleagues and networks.

If you’re unable to attend talanoa, you can still share your insights and by emailing our Pacific Health team pacificteam@health.govt.nz. Giving us your insights and views is straightforward but has the potential to shift our health system’s approach to Pacific peoples’ health.

The Pacific Health Action Plan will build on the good progress made by ’Ala Mo’ui, the Pacific health strategy, while making overall improvements based on the insights people share during talanoa. The new Action Plan is set to empower the health system to work as one, with greater focus on measuring success.

The talanoa will help the Ministry find out new information from you about what’s working well and what we need to improve when it comes to Pacific health. They aren’t about ‘reinventing the wheel’ – we know people have shared a wealth of insights during other Ministry engagement, such as the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy hui held last-November, and these insights will help shape the Pacific Health Action Plan too.

Talanoa for community and sector stakeholders will be held in Auckland, Hamilton, Hawke’s Bay, Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch, and Dunedin in late-August and September. Talanoa dates will be confirmed on the Ministry of Health website shortly.

Read more about the Pacific Health Action Plan.