A leading Maori health provider in Whanganui is opening up its complex as a dispatch base for St John ambulance.
Te Oranganui Iwi Health Authority has moved to the Tupoho Community Complex where the former Whanganui Polytechnic was based, which means all of its five services are now on one site.
Authority chief executive Nancy Tuaine says the collaboration with St John ambulance makes sense because the paramedics pick up a lot of their patients, and can now easily share information about them.
She says earlier this year they ran a pilot with the ambulance service and gave them one of their offices as a dispatch unit.
Ms Tuaine says Te Oranganui sees a lot of benefits working with St John because before they were collecting some of their patients and not knowing about it, and now they can have conversations with their staff about mutual clients.
She says they are now able to give their patients and their whanau better support.