How a Maori proverb contains the key to integrated care

Nurse leaders should consider how they can foster better relationships between health and social care staff to support patients, says New Zealand-based Kathryn Gibb

In Aotearoa, the Māori name for New Zealand, we enjoy the richness of our indigenous people, Māori, and their culture, woven into the fabric of our daily lives.

He aha o te mea nui o teao. He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata, means: what is the most important thing in the world? It is the people, it is the people, it is the people.

This Māori proverb is one that offers us much to reflect on in health, as we consider how we might place people at the centre of everything we do in order to achieve equitable health outcomes for all.

Here in Canterbury, in New Zealand’s South Island, we have been on a transformational journey towards an integrated health and social care system where health professionals from across the services work together in a connected system that revolves


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