April 26, 2016
DHB talks death with culture
Northland District Health Board has taken the lead in developing culturally appropriate resources so health workers can talk with Maori about death and dying.
Nursing director Margareth Broodkoorn says research shows discussions around advance care planning are different for Maori and non-Maori, Pacific peoples, migrants, and other groups.
A series of co-design hui and workshops bringing together clinicians, healthcare workers, whanau and consumers were held to develop the model.
He Waka Kakarauri encourages people to have conversations about their health, when they are well and when they are sick, dying or have died – that are tika (right), pono (true) and aroha (shared with love).
The conversations can be held at a time and in an environment that is culturally appropriate to Maori.
Northland DHB kaumatua Te Ihi Tito the model places the wairua spirituality back into health conversations.
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