Northland DHB is increasing the COVID-19 testing across the rohe in partnership with Māori Health Providers. The nine providers will provide mobile services reaching into the smaller communities they currently visit.
“The Providers have well established relationships with their communities and whānau, experienced staff and established mobile health services,” noted Dr Catherine Jackson, Medical Officer of Health.
“The initial plan is for the mobile services to go to the smaller communities they currently visit offering a mobile clinic to ensure that whānau Māori have strengthen access to COVID-19 testing and Influenza Vaccination.”
Whānau Māori are a priority in the DHB’s pandemic response.
“Although testing rates for Māori are higher than for non-Māori across all parts of Te Tai Tokerau, there are still some areas where access is harder due to the remote location,” Dr Jackson said.
“Additional concerns have been raised by Māori providers, particularly for kaumātua and kuia who are reluctant to come out of their bubbles and communities because they are worried about putting themselves at risk.”
Mobile clinics will improve access to those who are showing any symptoms of COVID-19 and for those who would like to be tested.
The existing seven Community Based Testing Centres in Kaitaia, Kerikeri, Kaikohe, Kawakawa, Rawene, Dargaville and Whangarei remain open seven days a week.
Māori Health Providers
The mobile clinics will provide the following services:
Influenza Vaccination Programme
Northland DHB has sent all eligible whānau in Northland a voucher that encourages them to have their free Influenza Vaccination - directing people to their Local Hauora Health Clinic, GP, Pharmacy or DHB Drive-through Clinic.
We are currently focuses on the eligible population as a priority which includes:
Pharmacies and general practices are receiving Influenza Vaccination supplies on a regular basis. The DHB is ensuring that supply meets demand so that vaccination can occur in a timely way.
The DHB also provides an Influenza Vaccination drive-through clinic in Kerikeri (Turner Centre) and Whangarei (Child Health Hub), Monday to Friday, 10am until 2pm.
For further information, please contact:
Paula Martin, Communications Officer
Phone 09 4304101 extn 60519