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Ora Toa clinics get nurse practitioner

Feb 5th, 2009 | By | Category: Latest News, News

dianemain1Diane Stevens has been welcomed back to Porirua health service Ora Toa as the clinic’s first nurse practitioner.

Mrs Stevens, one of only three nurse practitioners in Wellington, can now treat patients of all ages – assessing, diagnosing and prescribing.

“It’s a wonderful achievement for Diane and it’s a gain for the clinic,” says Ngati Toa CEO Matiu Rei . “We will no doubt reap the benefits.”

Mrs Stevens specialised in primary care and completed her four years of nurse practitioner study while working at the six Ora Toa clinics.

She says she loves working as a community nurse, but needed something else.

“I decided to become a nurse practitioner because it was the next step in my career,” she says.

“It’s very rewarding when you can see an improvement in a person’s health because of your own interventions, be it education, health promotion or just being there when they need some input from a health professional.”

However, she says seeing children who have huge potential but are never able to fulfil their dreams because of their life situation is one of the hardest parts of her job.

“It is a difficult to get good health outcomes when families live in unhealthy houses with overcrowding, dampness, no heating and no money to buy fresh nutritious food.”

The busy mother put aside every Sunday and most evenings for study while working full time.

Ora Toa health centres have 11,000 patients registered, 75% of them Maori or Pacific Island and 90% from a low-decile background.

The clinic offers alternative healing methods using rongoa and mirimiri which are traditional Maori medicines.

Rongoa treatment uses herbal remedies and mirimiri is physical therapies like massage manipulation.

The clinics, based in Porirua, provide assistance with the wider community’s health issues and also aim to empower Maori and non-Maori to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle

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