Te whakatau i ngā take hauora , Addressing health issues
Māku e kapu i te toiora o ā tāua tamariki.
By my hand will our children be kept unharmed.
Ngā Pēpeha a ngā Tīpuna, The Sayings of the Ancestors, Nā Hirini Moko Mead rāua ko Neil Grove, Victoria University Press (2001)
Health professionals have an important role to play to help whānau address health issues.
This involves developing a relationship with whānau in which they can tell their story, share information and work with you to safely identify and manage existing health issues, as well as prevent others.
Priority Māori health issues
Research shows the priority health issues that affect Māori are:
- heart and cardiovascular disease (Glossary description: Cardiovascular disease refers to a class of diseases that involve the heart or blood vessels (arteries and veins).)
- cancer (Glossary description: Cancer is a class of diseases in which a group of cells display uncontrolled growth (division beyond the normal limits), invasion (intrusion on and destruction of adjacent tissues), and sometimes metastasis (spread to other locations in the body via lymph or blood).)
- smoking cessation
- mental health
- respiratory diseases
- child health
- obesity (Glossary description: Obesity is a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have an adverse effect on health, leading to reduced life expectancy.)
- Smoking cessation
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