Mana Tū: a whānau ora approach to type 2 diabetes

The New Zealand Medical Journal recently published a paper describing the rationale behind the development of the Mana Tū programme. Mana Tū is a unique Māori-lead programme developed and led by the National Hauora Coalition that supports people with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes to successfully self-manage with their condition.

The programme was developed alongside patients with type 2 diabetes, as well as doctors, and aims to address both health barriers (things like lack of knowledge around healthy eating, what medications do and physical activity) and social barriers (things like financial, housing and transport issues) that can stop people from living well with their condition. With moves to replicate aspects of it in programmes around New Zealand, it is timely to describe the rationale for Mana Tū and the key components of its unique model of care.

Read the full paper in the New Zealand Medical Journal here.