Urgent call to improve medicine access for Māori
New research is painting a bleak picture of the problems Māori patients face in getting equitable access to medicines. Dr. Matire Harwood (Ngapuhi) is a senior lecturer at the University of Auckland’s Medical School and GP at Papakura Marae. Her research is focused on tackling some of the biggest inequalities in Māori health to improve outcomes for patients. She says the latest research shows a clear and urgent need to improve medicines management services, but there are positive signs at a grass roots level. She is a finalist for Te Tupu-ā-Rangi Award for Health and Science for her contributions to investigating health conditions in relation to Māori health.