October 12, 2015
Waipareira brings social research close to home
Waipareira's research arm Wai-Research has won a grant to find out what has allowed whanau and the Maori community on West Auckland to flourish over the past 25 years.
Director Tanya Allport says the grant for the Catalysts of Health project comes from a Health Research Council fund set aside for community-driven research
She says it's different to most health research, where funding is captured by academics who come into a community with questions and then leave with often little given back.
"We’re really looking forward to working with the kuia kaumatua, the community really to tell us their stories because we don’t want them to get lost and a lot of research that is done is about numbers and figures and this is going to be about stories and health and not prescribing what that actually looks like until we hear it from the community themselves," Dr Allport says.
Waipareira already knows the statistics of what isn’t working, so by finding out what make whanau healthy and well in our rohe it will be able to apply it to its own services as well as advocate for changes in other areas.
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