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Central Region Equity Framework - Establishing Equity for all

Regional Services

Over the past year, TAS has supported Central Region DHBs to strengthen the equity focus in the Regional Services Plan. A major piece of that work has been the development of a Central Region Equity Framework.

The Framework, informed by the Ministry of Health's 'Equity of Health Care for Māori' has been designed to provide guidance to the Central Region Service Planning Forum on strengthening their commissioning role to achieve equity.

In New Zealand, the differences between Māori and non-Māori are the most persistent and compelling equity issues in health. Achieving equity for Māori is a priority, as health gaps across the life-course is significant for Māori.

While the Equity Framework takes a very broad approach, the companion Treaty of Waitangi DHB obligations document under development will provide guidance to the Central Region DHBs on what they need to do to meet their Treaty of Waitangi obligations, as well as achieve equity for Māori.