Priority | Māori Leadership and Advice
Te Pātaka Whaioranga – Pharmac increases and supports Māori participation in governance, leadership and management decision making at all levels of the organisation.
What we’ve heard
“Māori leadership is a requirement under Te Tiriti o Waitangi and integral to a by Māori, for Māori, with Māori approach.”
“Māori leadership at senior leadership level is essential to drive a culture shift at Pharmac to deliver for Māori. A sole senior role is not enough on its own and requires support to ensure Pharmac succeeds in improving outcomes for Māori.”
- Māori leadership in Pharmac reflects the position of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
- Māori experienced in mātauranga Māori and with strong ties to whānau want to work at Pharmac and are actively recruited.
- Pharmac has strong Māori leadership at multiple levels, including the Pharmac Board, Pharmacology and Therapeutics Advisory Committee (PTAC), expert advisory committees and advisory groups, and understands the community it serves..
How we will measure performance
- Māori leadership at senior leadership level is in place.
- The proportion of Māori staff experienced in mātauranga Māori and with strong ties to whānau (increased trend).
- The proportion of Māori experienced in mātauranga Māori and with strong ties to whānau are on Board, PTAC, expert advisory committees and advisory groups (increased trend).
August 2022 update
- established an external Māori advisory committee called Te Rōpū which represents each sector and sits at the senior leadership table
- appointed a Māori Chair to the Pharmacology and Therapeutics Advisory Committee (PTAC)
- re-appointed a Māori Chair to the Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC)
- had two Māori Pharmac Board Directors appointed
- set up a new Te Whaioranga team to ensure a Māori focus and started Māori internships with Tupu Toa.
By 2023 we aim to have...
- the Medical Directorate, led by the Chief Medical Officer, actively working towards increased Māori membership on all Specialist Advisory Committees for Pharmac
- focused on increasing Māori internships with the TupuToa programme
- agreed a partnership approach for Te Rōpū and Te Pātaka Whaioranga
- established Te Rōpū processes, secretariat support and finalised their Terms of Reference.
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