Northern News : September 28th 2011
10 NORTHERN NEWS, SEPTEMBER 28, 2011 5 Marino Court, PO Box 733 KAIKOHE Phone 09 405 2647 l Fax 09 405 3964 Te Hau Ora O Kaikohe is a Maori provider based in the main centre of Kaikohe. We serve babies, whānau and hapu living within the boundaries of Te Whare Tapu o Ngapuhi. We are a small organisation and we are committed to positively contributing to our community being healthy, vibrant and leaders in our own right. Te Hau Ora O Kaikohe is there for those who don't have access to whānau support, appropriate services, information and advice . TeHauOraOKaikoheispartoftheTePuOTeWheke Whānau Ora Collective. Being part of Te Pu O Te Wheke means working together with other organisa- tions and communities to provide whānau with an infrastructure that is responsive to changing needs of whānau. This will provide an environment where whānau will thrive and grow. He Rongoa Pai, He Oranga Whanau "Loved your passion and aroha for our Māori whānau... thank you for the sharing of this invaluable knowledge and empowering me to have the courage to say enough!" This training has been developed by PHARMAC specifically for people that work with Māori communities and whānau. It aims to improve knowl- edge, and provide information, about subsidised medicines, medicines management as well as rongoā Māori. Training is run over two days and is facilitated by GPs and Pharmacists Healthy Whānau Vibrant Community Leading By Example Advertising Feature Screening team keeps rheumatic fever at bay Screening: Te Hau Ora o Kaikohe staff member Charlotte Poa swabs Kapuatere Barber's throat as part of the Kaikohe rheumatic fever school screening programme. Rheumatic fever is a key health issue in Northland. So when a Maori health and social services provider in Kaikohe was approached by whanau concerned about the disease, it didn't hesitate to help. Te Hau Ora o Kaikohe does rheu- matic fever screening in eight local schools. The programme is funded through a relationship with the Northland District Health Board. Special projects manager Erena Kara says this year, a number of local tamariki had been diagnosed with acute rheumatic fever. The group A streptococcus throat infec- tion is a precursor to contracting rheumatic fever, and one of the ways to identify whether this infec- tion is present is through the throat swab. Te Hau Ora o Kaikohe staff go into schools and swab children who are complaining of a sore throat. Every week, about 95 children aged five to 14 are swabbed. Each month, an average of 35 of these swabs test positive for strep A, indicating that these children need a course of antibiotics. Recently, Te Hau Ora o Kaikohe was notified that two children in one whanau had returned a positive result for strep. The children had been travelling to a tangi in a van with eight or nine other whanau members. On learning that the tamariki had tested positive for strep A, the whanau took a proactive approach and, using the information they had been provided with, attempted to make an appointment at the local GP clinic for the whanau to be swabbed,'' Erena said. With no immediate appointments available, the whanau decided to try the accident and emergency clinic. But they discovered there would be a cost involved in swabbing the whole whanau. The waiting time was also longer than they had anticipated. So they decided to visit the school screening programme and drove from Kaikohe to Tautoro School -- about 10 minutes from the town -- to ask for help. Swabs were taken immediately and, by the close of business, the lab had received the swabs. We con- sider this to be a success, as the whanau were comfortable enough and felt safe to come to our kaimahi (staff) and ask to be swabbed. For us, this meant the kaimahi have been visible in the schools, proactive in making contact with whanau, and breaking down barriers for whanau in the community.'' Te Hau Ora o Kaikohe's school screening programme contract is limited to swabbing school-aged children. That is what they are funded to do. However, by listening to the whanau's needs, the provider was able to assist. The Kaikohe provider is one of seven members of Te Pu o te Wheke Ngapuhi Whanau Ora collective.
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