Working with us as a rongoā Māori practitioner
Find out how to register with ACC as a rongoā Māori practitioner, how we pay for rongoā Māori services, and how our clients can access these services.
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He ringa nā Rongo, he ringa nā te aroha.
The hands of peace are the hands of love.
How our clients can use rongoā Māori
Clients with a covered injury can ask us to pay for rongoā Māori as part of their rehabilitation. They can request this through their ACC Recovery team member or contact us:
We’ll talk to them about how their injury is affecting them and how they expect rongoā will help. Patients don’t need a referral from a treatment provider, although clinicians may choose to support their request.
We don't refer our clients to a specific practitioner for rongoā Māori services. If a client requests access to rongoā Māori, they need to tell us which practitioner they would like to see. We must approve their request before they can start with rongoā Māori rehabilitation. If a client sees a rongoā practitioner without prior approval, they'll need to fund those sessions themselves.
How we pay for rongoā Māori
We’ve looked at our approach to kaupapa Māori and mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) to see how we can improve our services, and safeguard traditional Māori customs and practices.
Rongoā Māori falls under the social rehabilitation category
We pay for rongoā Māori under the social rehabilitation category. The Accident Compensation Act allows us to pay for a wide range of social rehabilitation services. These are separate from treatment. This is why you'll hear us refer to rongoā as rehabilitation and not treatment.
Social rehabilitation services aim to rehabilitate and improve the functional capability of our injured clients, to help them return to independence. Independence can include:
- carrying out daily tasks
- participating in education
- contributing to whānau and community.
Only professions defined as treatment providers in the Accident Compensation Act can provide treatment. Where appropriate, we can consider rongoā Māori services as social rehabilitation. Rongoā Māori may be used in conjunction with treatment or other rehabilitation, depending on each client’s needs.
We're changing our processes and developing guidance to help our people use the correct framework and make the right decisions about requests for rongoā Māori.
We use the service code (MTH10) which is specific to rongoā Māori. This code is helping us understand how rongoā is helping our clients and if we need to make any changes to the way we deliver the service.
Paying rongoā Māori practitioners
We currently pay for rongoā Māori using one-off agreements. You must register with us as a vendor so that you can invoice us for approved services.
We’ll support the cost of rongoā Māori services up to a maximum amount. We expect you to charge your normal rates for rongoā Māori services. In some cases, we may pay part of the cost of rongoā Māori rehabilitation rather than paying the full amount.
The number of hours we’ll approve is on a case-by-case basis, according to the client’s social rehabilitation needs. This depends on the complexity of their injury.
If a client initially requests a small number of sessions, they can request more if they need more rehabilitation.
How to work with us
There are currently no qualification requirements or contracts for rongoā Māori practitioners. We’re working on our governance processes and how we can contract with practitioners in the future.
All health and disability service providers in Aotearoa, including rongoā Māori practitioners, must follow the Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights code.
Register to work with us
You must register with us as a vendor to provide rongoā Māori services to our clients.
As part of your registration, we need you to complete a 'Tell us about yourself' form.
This form will ask you for:
- the whakapapa of your mātauranga
- evidence of support for the services you provide from mana whenua of the rohe you work in
- endorsement from your rongoā mentor
- details relating to a Police check.
What you need to do to register:
- Complete the ACC111 vendor registration form (either online or via email)
- Complete the ACC7425 tell us about yourself form and email it to us.
Once we receive your forms, we'll review and validate your ability to deliver rongoā Māori. We may audit registered vendors at any time.
You can contact us with questions about your registration:
Before you work with a client
We make decisions about funding requests for rongoā Māori on a case-by-case basis. Before you start to work with a client, please first confirm:
- the client has a covered injury
- their need for rongoā relates to that injury and not another condition
- you have received a purchase order from our Recovery team confirming details of the client’s approved rongoā Māori sessions.
You can check if care for your client's injury is funded by emailing us. Send your enquiry with your vendor ID and the client's name and date of birth to:
If a client wants to access rongoā Māori services before we accept their claim, they’ll have to pay for it themselves.
Providing the service
Once you have registered and provided the agreed number of sessions, you can send your invoice to us:
Information you must report as part of patient care
We need you to report information about the outcomes achieved from rongoā Māori, using the Rongoā Hauora report. This report should be sent to us at the completion of approved sessions, and if you're requesting further sessions. This information will help us to build a clearer understanding of the value these services provide to our clients. If you don’t share the outcomes, our data will only show the cost of rongoā Māori, rather than the benefits.
The Hauora report will help you share information on:
- clients' progress towards their rehabilitation goals
- any extra benefits or complexities you observe
- the modalities or techniques you’ve used, eg mirimiri
- the number of sessions you’ve provided.
Rongoā Māori to support wellbeing for ACC kaimahi
In 2022, ACC began offering rongoā Māori as a service to support the wellbeing of ACC kaimahi. ACC registered practitioners provide this service to our kaimahi across the motu.
We’ll keep on working to improve Māori services
We’ve developed new operational guidance to help our Recovery team members, formerly case managers, make accurate and consistent decisions about requests for rongoā Māori.
Our Māori Health Services team is working to increase access and services for Māori clients. A key part of this mahi involves working with rongoā Māori practitioners to learn from outcomes achieved from rongoā Māori and how to improve our approach to these services.
If you have questions about rongoā Māori at ACC, complete the form below.