In the mid-2000's the Ministry of Health’s Te Kete Hauora undertook a project to invest in the capacity and capability of selected Māori Health Providers to establish new or develop existing oral health services. It was during this phase that the Māori Oral Health Providers, despite their commonalities as Indigenous oral health services, found they had little opportunity for communicating and collaborating across their sector.
To address this, Te Kete Hauora pulled together key clinical and non- clinical people from the MOHP sector and established a Quality Improvement Group for the Māori oral health provider sector. This Quality Improvement Group also provided a means to build on progress to better achieve equity of oral health outcomes for Māori by being an advisory source for the Ministry of Health to draw on clinical and technical expertise and engage Indigenous sector practitioners in the development of government policy for Indigenous oral health.
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