Hillmorton Hospital needs a Kaupapa Maori inpatient ward

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Hillmorton Hospital is looking at decommissioning the alcohol detox ward (Kennedy ward) to create another adult acute ward to cater to the rising needs of mental health in Christchurch. The CDHB are asking for submissions on what this ward should look like.

We are putting forward a proposal for a Kaupapa Maori inpatient unit.

Maori are almost twice as likely than non-Maori to commit suicide. Maori are four times more likely to develop schizophrenia than non-Maori. Maori are three times more likely to be admitted to hospital against their will. Some have called these statistics a "culture under siege".

Providing a service that caters to Maori needs within Canterbury would be a really good start to begin reducing some of these disparities.

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