September 24, 2019
Māori models highlighted for Mental Health Week
The head of Māori health workforce development organisation Te Rau Ora says the current Mental Health Awareness Week is a chance to celebrate the efforts of Māori working in the mental health and addiction sector and to promote Māori models.
Maria Baker says the sector is going through great change, with impending cannabis law reform changing the way substance abuse can be tackled, and pressure coming on the government from Waitangi Tribunal reports on health and disability.
Māori are increasingly asking to manage their own solutions, as mainstream services fail to deliver.
"Some of these places are not great really. They don't understand us as Māori still, but Māori-led kaupapa in places and spaces are doing well. They are showing evidence on what is working well and I think more of that needs to be more enabled and funding in systems and that needs to be more flexible for Māori. We are holistic. We're not square," Ms Baker says.
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