Improving Māori and Pacific health and wellbeing
The Wellbeing Budget provides $12 million in funding for rheumatic fever programmes to reduce the incidence rate among Māori and Pacific peoples and support better management of the illness.
Associate Health Minister Jenny Salesa says this investment will support the development and implementation of innovative community-led rheumatic fever interventions.
There will also be increased investment of $9.8 million over four years in developing innovative community initiatives, including initiatives to share evidence-based Pacific models of care.
An important part of delivering improved health outcomes for Pacific peoples will be to increase our Pacific health workforce. This will be done with funding of $14.3 million over four years for a strengthened Pacific training pathway, from secondary school to tertiary study, work experience and work placements. This includes increasing our Pacific nursing and midwifery workforce pipeline.