7 May 2009

Questions over access to health services

6:33 am on 7 May 2009

The Tairawhiti District Health Board is trying to work out why Maori in the Gisborne region die younger than Maori elsewhere.

Maori health manager Maaka Tibble told Waatea News that research has identified some of the causal factors such as smoking, heart disease and diabetes.

The DHB is now trying to find what Maori think of the health services they receive and what puts them off seeking help.

Mr Tibble says a significant number of Maori are unhappy with the way they received health care.