April 24, 2019
Practical values offer path to wellness
Māori mental health specialist Moe Milne is looking forward to teaching psychiatrists how to treat Māori patients.
She’s just been named a kaumatua alongside Wi Keelan to the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists – an invitation she thinks came from individual psychiatrists attending her Takarangi cultural competence wānanga.
She says the Takarangi framework was originally developed for work in addiction, but it has proved effective across mental health and general health as well.
"There are 14 competencies. Most people would say those are values and I say no, they are not values. Aroha is a practice. Manaaki is a practice. Karakia is a practice. And so we’ve organised it, te reo, manaaki, whakawhanaunga, karakia and powhiri, those are the five ones we start the whole process off," Ms Milne says.
Over the past few years she has trained more than 1000 people working in mental health and addiction.
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