Bharat Mahajan, a 28 year old clinical services manager – mental health for Pinnacle has won the title of Mr Gay New Zealand 2021. Already recognised as a young leader in the health sector, Bharat impressed the judges and the voting public to take the winner’s sash at The Big Gay Out in February.
Every fortnight inside a whare at Parihaka Papakāinga in Taranaki, people can be found laughing and catching up with whānau in the Whakaihu Taiora clinic waiting room. They’re there because of a new health initiative designed to respond to community need.
A collaborative, community-led health and social service is making a difference in Rotorua’s Eastside community, an area where high levels of deprivation and inequity mean many whānau experience complex, often multi-generational health and social support needs.
The 2019 World Indigenous Cancer Conference – ‘Respect, reconciliation and reciprocity: connecting across knowledge systems’ – was held in Calgary, Canada last month. It was attended and presented at by Rawiri Blundell, Māori health manager.
Annually, thousands of youth in communities across the Waikato region struggle to access health care services, restricted by barriers such as cost, lack of transport and fear of talking to a health care professional.
Hamilton GP Dr Maree McCracken says as the volume and complexity of mental health related issues in primary care continues to increase, it's important general practice is able to provide quality primary care interventions to support their patients.