All adverse events are a tragedy. How we acknowledge and address the factors that contribute to an adverse event for whānau in a health system that consistently delivers inequitable health outcomes for Māori – is the challenge.
Inequalities are the cumulative effect of adverse events – on a grand scale. The root causes can be found in the ongoing effects of our history of colonisation and in the words of Dame Tariana Turia ‘the systematic damage incurred by decades of institutional racism’.
As health professionals, we are part of a health system perfectly designed to achieve imperfect results for Māori. So how can we learn and work with whānau to redesign a system that will improve their experience of health care and deliver equitable health outcomes.
Taima Campbell (Ngāti Tamatera, Ngāti Maru) is the Director for Hauraki Health Consulting Ltd a small health consultancy business, established in 2012. Taima has over 35 years experience in the health sector working in child health, public health, Maori health and nursing leadership roles. Previously the Executive Director of Nursing for the Auckland District Health Board, Taima has had extensive experience in clinical governance, leading change management programmes, strategic planning, service reviews, project management, workforce development and human resource management.
Taima has been the Co-Chair for the Board of the College of Nurses Aotearoa stepping down in 2015, and is a current member of the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal. She has experience at a governance level and is a Trustee for Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki; and has been a trustee for the Hauraki Primary Health Organisation (PHO). Taima is a part-time student at the University of Auckland undertaking a Masters in Legal Studies specializing in Public Law.