To find a way to reinstate the health funding commitment of over 30 years to Te Hā o Hine-ahu-one Palmerston North Women’s Health Collective at the same level (as a minimum), that will soon be lost due to a recent decision by the MidCentral District Health Board.
Why is this important?
Te Hā o Hine-ahu-one Palmerston North Women’s Health Collective is a unique, holistic, free, easily accessible women’s health service that has a proven track record over many years. It is now inter-generational in its reach, seeing the children, nieces and grandchildren of earlier clients. It is a ‘by women for women’ community development initiative that has always had a particular emphasis on addressing the health needs of low income wāhine/women (and their whānau) in a supportive, welcoming environment of manaakitanga and whanaungatanga. Poverty is a major concern of this government and this service helps to address this and other disadvantages that undermine the ability of women to access sensitive, responsive and empowering healthcare.