Published in Kōkiri 24, Mahuru - Whiringa ā nuku 2011
Twenty-five provider collectives involving more than 150 health and social service providers are beginning work to develop and deliver Whānau Ora.
The collectives have developed initial Programmes of Action setting out how they will progress and provide services that build on the strengths of whānau, to build their capability and self-determination.
Whānau Ora providers continue to offer existing services to their communities while they work on changes to their service delivery to engage whānau.
Providers with many separate funding contracts can choose to integrate these into a single, outcomes-focused contract.
Some providers are trialling the role of Whānau Ora navigators – skilled staff who work with and support whānau to develop plans that address their needs and who help broker their access to services.
Ten Regional Leadership Groups provide strategic leadership to ensure whānau-centred initiatives contribute in positive and realistic ways to local communities.
Almost 1,200 whānau representing some 15,000 family members have set their whānau planning activities in motion via their applications to the Whānau Integration, Innovation and Engagement (WIIE) Fund.
Action researchers are now working with providers and whānau to record progress and capture stories of change that feed into, and inform, the continued development of Whānau Ora.
Work in the next year will extend Whānau Ora to Kaipara, Hauraki, South Waikato, Taupō and Tūrangi, Palmerston North, Wairarapa, Levin and Kapiti Coast, and Murihiku (Southland).
Budget 2011 invested another $30 million in Whānau Ora, adding to the $134 million over four years provided in last year’s Budget.