A commitment to health equity ensures patients can access healthcare based on clinical need without being constrained by ethnicity, location, or finances. Improving equity in healthcare is a key commitment of the College’s, which is making progress towards that goal with the recent launch of an equity module as part of Cornerstone.
Michelle Te Kira is the practice manager at Waitakere Union in West Auckland and heartedly endorses the equity module saying, “Equity in our eyes is a no brainer; our community is high needs, the working poor, and the sickest of the sick so providing them with healthcare in a way that meets them where they’re at is how we run.”
“It’s so great that there’s now an equity module so GP clinics can buy into it and work towards best practice. I network with a few practices and they’re all doing the right thing, they just don’t often know they are so this will help confirm their progress.”
"Providing good practice skills and training around equity, what that looks like, and how it improves health will help drive New Zealand towards healthier communities where people are getting what they need to live their healthiest lives,” Lynne Hayman, College Chief Executive
The College is proud to be the first organisation to develop an equity-focused, primary care Quality module. The module is a mandatory part of the Cornerstone programme so all practices wanting to achieve Cornerstone accreditation will need to complete it.
The equity module demonstrates how practices can work to improve health outcomes for Māori and other underrepresented populations by being more targeted to individual and cultural needs that can make significant differences to patient’s care. It covers the broad range of general practice from workforce development, to guiding and enabling practice teams to apply an equity lens to their service delivery.
The module has been designed as relevant to whatever ethnic and cultural mix of patients individual practices serve.