Authors: Te PUAU Ora - Maori Community Support Work Service
Event: 1997 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: NZ
Award level: Gold
Award category: Specialist Service or Innovative Part of a Larger Service
Abstract: Te PUAU Ora is a Maori Community Support Work Service that was established to support Maori people with an ongoing psychiatric illness who live in the community. The service is directed specifically at Maori who nationally have a disproportionate number of admissions and re-admissions to Acute Psychiatric Hospitals. It is staffed entirely by Maori and can only accept Maori clients into the Service. Of the first 85 clients referred to this Service, the average admissions to the Acute Inpatient Unit was reduced from 35.2 prior to referral to 7.6. This reduction is attributed to the drive and focus of the cultural input by Te PUAU Ora, the holistic approach to supporting the whaanau (family) and the strong working links developed with the clinical teams. Description of Facility/Organisation: Te PUAU Ora MCSW was established in 1995 to assist Maori people with a long term disabling mental illness to meet basic needs related to community living and self management of their illness. It consists of a manager, team leader, 5 Maori Community Support Workers and an administrator. It serves the central Auckland catchment area population.