August 26, 2022
ACC backs Māori brain injury care care app
The co-director of a kaupapa Māori injury rehabilitation service says making sure whānau get all the services they need can be the key to recovery.
Waikato-based Āki Innovations has just got $100,000 from Accident Compensation’s Innovation Fund to develop an assessment tool for tāne Māori suffering from traumatic brain injuries.
Marlana Maru says the new app will help kaimahi and patients navigate through what is a difficult system.
“We’re kind of focused on those that would present, would have some sort of hospital stay and then we would support them while they are in hospital and link them back into the community,” she says.
The investment will help Āki look for new ways to care for Māori, who are more likely to be critically injured, less likely to seek medical attention, and have poor rehabilitation outcomes.