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Supporting Māori wāhine and whānau during COVID-19

06 April 2020

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) acknowledges the increased risk that Covid-19 poses to Māori and the need to support Māori whānau through this time. RANZCOG recognises the special status of Māori as tangata whenua in Aotearoa New Zealand and is committed to meeting its obligations as Te Tiriti o Waitangi partners. 

Māori currently face inequity in the health system and in health outcomes and this gap is likely to be exacerbated during the Covid-19 pandemic.  This presents added risk for Māori health, including for hapū māmā (pregnant women).

The focus of RANZCOG’s New Zealand committees He Hono Wāhine and Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku is on working with other Māori organisations to provide information specifically for Māori women and their whānau, about pregnancy and delivery during the Covid-19 pandemic.  He Hono Wāhine believe it is vital to have communication that speaks specifically to Māori and the concerns and challenges they may have.

RANZCOG commends the establishment of Te Rōpu Whakakaupapa Urutā/National Māori Pandemic Group, which brings together leading Māori medical health experts to provide health advice for whānau, iwi and health providers.  He Hono Wāhine is working to add information for hapū māmā.

RANZCOG encourages all clinicians to consider the specific needs of Māori during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Clinicians working with Māori whanau should seek cultural guidance and support as required.  Clinicians can also access patient information resources from Te Rōpu Whakakaupapa Urutā.
 
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