Editorial: We asked Julie Beckett from MidCentral District Health Board (DHB) and Martin Witt of the Cancer Society to give us some background into how the mapping came about and their intended use. Here is what she had to say.
Every year more than 500 New Zealanders die by suicide, making it the third most common reason why people die younger than expected. It doesn't have to be this way, and our focus is on motivating teams and systems to do everything possible to prevent suicide.
Hāpai are leaders in Public Health, Policy, Advocacy, Research and Evaluation and Infrastructure services.
We hold a number of Ministry of Health contracts both regionally and Nationally.
We provide a strategic focus that is underpinned by evidence based research for the advancement of health and well being for communities.
The Mission of Hāpai is to increase opportunities for Māori to enjoy good health and to be sustained by healthy environments.