July 04, 2017
End of life care essential for whanau
'Pae Herenga', a new study from the University of Auckland, is looking at traditional end of life Maori care, customs and practises.
Leading the study is palliative care specialist and researcher from the University's School of Nursing, Dr Tess Moeke-Maxwell from Ngai Tai ki Tamaki and Ngati Pukeko.
'Pae Herenga', will gather information on what whanau are doing to support someone at the end of their life, which will benefit other and future whanau carers, iwi as well as the wider health and palliative care sectors.
Funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand, the study will receive $1.2 million and will run for three years.
Dr Moeke Maxwell, says Maori are more likely to die with palliative care needs than the New Zealand European population.
"Yes we have hospices and they're fabulous and when our whanau access them they normally find they get really good care. But our kaumatua don't often get there, they don't get to benefit from those services."
'Pae Herenga' will produce resources about care customs with diverse whanau Maori, their communities and the palliative care sector. Maori rongoa and spiritual practitioners will also be interviewed for the study.
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