Hāpai te Hauora welcomes the decision of the Food Standards Authority for Australia and New Zealand to make pregnancy warning labels compulsory on all alcohol products within the next three years.
This morning the government announced major changes in the strategic direction and composition of the New Zealand health sector.
A $136 million boost to whānau ora to help Māori recover from COVID-19 is welcomed but specific funding for Māori and public health initiatives is unclear, says Hāpai Te Hauora chief executive Selah Hart
Selah Hart, CEO of Hāpai Te Hauora says "The timing of this year’s budget announcement during the Covid-19 pandemic should ensure public health issues are front and centre."
This week a collective of mana whenua, Māori health providers, advocates and community take their concerns about alcohol harm inequities to a symposium held at Middlemore Hospital.
This week the Government put their values into action by voting against the third reading of the "Psychoactive Substances (Increasing Penalty for Supply and Distribution) Amendment Bill". Hāpai Te Hauora, Māori public health advocates, say this is a small step in the right direction to treating drug harm as a health issue in Aotearoa.
As expressed by many MPs in Parliament, rather than addressing drug demand, this bill would instead have entrenched the cycle of drug distribution and harm.
Hāpai te Hauora general manager Janell Dymus-Kurei is concerned about the rising number of synthetic drug deaths, given more than half of synthetic users are Māori
A bill before Parliament that puts police discretion into law for how to handle drug users could hurt Māori unfairly because of unconscious bias, the Drug Foundation and Māori health advocates say.
On Friday 6th October 2018 we had the pleasure of co-hosting the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Forum in collaboration with Alcohol Healthwatch, this forum featured international and local guest speakers, including Dr Mansfield Mela, Dr Glen Luther and Claire Gyde.
For Mental Health Awareness Week Hāpai te Hauora partnered with Mental Health Foundation to run various workshops across Auckland.