October 30, 2017
Fellowship winner ready for Maori led solutions to address inequities
The winner of this year’s L'Oreal UNESCO For Women in Science fellowship believes her work can help Maori and other indigenous peoples find new treatments and ways of healing.
Dr Matire Harwood, a clinical researcher at the University of Auckland, beat out hundreds of other applications for the fellowship, which is for emerging research leaders.
Her work is around addressing the inequities of health-related outcomes between indigenous and non-indigenous people.
She says it’s driven by her determination to challenge the status quo and refuse to take things at face value, which she says happens too often with Maori health.
"We’re often told it's our fault, that it's too complex to try to address so I think my role as a scientist is to challenge that discourse, challenge that narrative and say 'I'm ready to bring in our own Maori-led solutions to address these inequities because we've left it up to you for so long and nothing's changed. I'm ready to do something about it,'" Dr Harwood says.
The fellowship comes with a $25,000 grant.
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