June 20, 2016
Trauma care focus of research
New ways of caring for Maori who have experienced physical or mental trauma could come out of a new research project.
The Health Research Council is giving $1.2 million to Waikato University's Te Kotahi Research Institute for He Oranga Ngakau: Maori and Trauma Informed Care.
Principal investigator Leonie Pihama says it comes out of work the centre is doing with Maori providers dealing with family and sexual violence.
She says many mainstream providers have imported white American and British care frameworks that focus on the individual, and Maori providers want to develop their own methods.
"We need to first of all do the research to get the information together and secondly bring together groups healers and counsellors and therapists and Maori service providers to develop a framework that will work in terms of trauma informed care both in the context of personal trauma but also that personal trauma in to context of collective trauma," Dr Pihama says.
Te Kotahi Research Institute has also secured funding for Honour Project Aotearoa, which will build on Native American research to look at understandings of wellbeing and access to health services for the Maori takataapui community.
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