A more integrated service for Taranaki people wishing to stop smoking has been signalled in the wake of a nationwide change.
On July 1 the Ministry of Health announced that new services would be introduced throughout the country as it worked towards its Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 goal.
It led a 15-month process of alignment of services that began in March 2015.A review conducted by SHORE/Whariki Research at Massey University (2014) and a study published in 2014 in the New Zealand Medical Journal as well as the ministry’s own assessment of data, showed that more needed to be done for the 2025 goal to be achieved.
Stop smoking services are one part of a comprehensive tobacco control strategy, along with reducing initiation and de-normalising smoking behaviour.
The priority populations, including Māori, Pacific, pregnant women and other groups, remain at the forefront for all new services
In Taranaki, health and social services provider Tui Ora will transition to become the lead regional-wide service from 1 January 2017.It will work closely with existing providers and those with experience in the sector, says Tamara Ruakere, Tui Ora Public Health Service Leader.
She said a lot of work and innovation was already underway and much had been achieved so far in the north and south of the region.
“The new approach is about an integrated system to ensure national consistency, regional collaboration and unified service delivery at community level. We don’t want to reinvent the wheel but we do need to be clear and targeted about the ways in which we can best support people.”
Over the next few months Tui Ora will consult with agencies and the community to design the best model.In the meantime people can still access the same services.
Other nationwide changes will be a single national advocacy body, Hāpai Te Hauora (Hāpai) which will continue the tobacco control sector momentum toward the Smokefree 2025 Goal. A functions-based Tobacco Control Integration Network will set and monitor outcomes and national quality as well as ensure consistent delivery and collective impact.
For details contact: Tamara Ruakere, Public Health Service Leader, 06 759 4064, firstname.lastname@example.org