As 2018 nears its end, now is a good time for reflecting. There are three markers to be remembered for the Tāmaki Wellbeing initiative this year: the evaluation outcomes of Awhi Ora and Te Tumu Waiora, the Auckland DHB Health Excellence Awards and the Mental Health Inquiry report.
Awhi Ora and Te Tumu Waiora have been independently and proved to be effective together, and, as importantly to be accessed by Māori and Pacifica who the system typically fails to engage with.
The Fit for the Future project that gave birth to Te Tumu Waiora in Auckland received the Health Excellence Award in the Chief Executive category. A great occasion to share and celebrate with all our partners.
Finally the government made the Mental Health and Addictions Inquiry report available to the public. While it is great to see both Awhi Ora and Fit for the Future featured in the report, it reminds us that what matters to people around the country hasn’t changed from when we launched the Tāmaki Wellbeing Initiative.
I also wanted to take this opportunity to thank everybody who provides support out there, be it in general practice, with the Awhi Ora providers and so many of the whānau and people with lived experience who give back. Together you are making our communities stronger – thank you!
The holiday period is a time to get together and celebrate, and it is also a time when isolation can feel more present to some of us. Look out for those around you, and stay well everyone.