Best Start Kōwae – smart tools to support care for hapū māma (pregnant women) and pēpi (babies)

WEBINAR: Tuesday, 25 August 2020. 7.30 - 8.45 pm


Generation 2040 is a whānau centered strategy that will see improvements across health providers, ensuring tamariki Māori are given the best start in life.

Most Māori whānau (families) seek support from their healthcare provider to confirm their pregnancy and initiate maternity care. There is room for change in primary care to ensure comprehensive access to quality service provision to achieve equity of outcomes specifically for māma (mums) and pēpi Māori (babies). Pregnancy is a great opportunity to improve quality of service delivery.

Best Start Kōwae - Early Pregnancy

1. My māma is my nutrition, my protection and my home – if she is well, I am well.

  • Maternity care
  • Smoking, alcohol, medicines and drugs/substances
  • Folic acid, iodine, vitamin D
  • Routine testing and screening; diabetes, BP, weight, infections, anaemia
  • Immunisation
  • Maternal health and wellbeing
  • Healthy housing

2. Grow a great placenta.

  • Recognise and treat risk small for gestational age and pre-eclampsia.

Questions will be welcomed during the course of the webinar. Please note that the webinar may run slightly over time so as many of your questions as possible can be answered.



Best start Kōwae Website 

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Dr Rawiri Jansen | FRNZCGP, MBChB, BHB, BA, Dip Tchg, Grad Cert Clinical Teaching
Ngāti Raukawa

Formerly a resource teacher of Māori language, I completed my medical training at Middlemore Hospital in South Auckland in 2000. That was actually my second attempt at Medical School having interrupted my studies to be an activist and protestor (Maori land, Maori language, Nuclear Free Independent Pacific and 1981 Springbok Tour). I provided clinical teaching, Te Reo and Tikanga Māori programmes for Māori health professionals throughout the country for several years. I have been Chairman of Te Ataarangi Trust (a national Maori language organisation), and Chairperson of Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa (Maori Medical Practitioners Association). I self-published a Māori medical phrase book in 2006.

My main focus now is providing clinical leadership towards Maori health equity as a General Practitioner and Clinical Director for a Primary Healthcare Organisation. And I am in the Wai2499 Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa claimant group in the Waitangi Tribunal Maori Health Services and Outcomes Kaupapa Inquiry.


Bronnie Farnell | Project Manager - Gen2040, Design & Development

Bronnie is a Project Manager and Implementation Lead, managing projects from end to end, and overseeing and supporting multiple implementations at the NHC. She is a former registered health professional with experience in healthcare. She enjoys process mapping, process design, analysis and working collaboratively to develop and enhance health software. email: [email protected]

Taria Tane | Project Manager - Design & Development Services - Generation 2040 Project

Taria Tane (Te Roroa) is a health and research project consultant based in Kaipara, Northland. Taria has extensive experience project managing initiatives in the areas of Māori health, long term conditions, youth mental health and translational neuroscience. Her interests include health equity, social determinants of health and enhancing whānau wellbeing. email: [email protected]



Dr Christine McIntosh | BSc, MBChB, BHB, Dip. Paeds, Dip. O&G, FRNZCGP, Doc. Cand.
GP Liaison Child Health CMH DHB - Clinical Lead Content & Development - Generation 2040 Project

Christine is a General Practitioner, GP liaison at Counties Manukau Health DHB, HealthPathways Clinical Editor, and Child Health researcher at The University of Auckland. Christine has a special interest in health equity in child health and is excited by the opportunity to use her research and clinical experience to collaborate with National Hauora Coalition on web tools to enable high quality evidenced-based care for hapū māna and pēpi.



Dr Sue Tutty | BSc, MBChB, Dip Obstet, FRNZCGP, M Med Sci (Hons)

Sue works four half days in General Practice in South Auckland and as GP Liaison for Counties Manukau Health in Women’s Health, ACP, Diabetes and Integrated  Care. After 4 years working in Hawkes Bay in rural General Practice and over 20 years in Otara she is passionate about reducing inequities and working to enhance primary care. She is secretary to the Auckland faculty board of the RNZCGP and on the National Advisory Council of the GP College. She is also on the National Maternity Monitoring group and the Maternal  Mortality working group of the PMMRC.

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This presentation is intended for qualified health practitioners professional development and should not be relied upon for any other purpose. Any opinions offered are those of the presenter or other speaker and do not necessarily represent the views of Goodfellow Unit.

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