Ngā Kanohi Kitea full project (2016 funding round)

Dr Tanya Allport
Te Whānau o Waipareira Trust
Kimihia te Hauora Hinengaro: Pathways for Māori mental health
12 months

Lay summary

While some research to date has provided much needed insight into the mental health needs and subsequent service use of Māori more broadly, little is known about the prevalence of mental health disorders or service uptake in West Auckland specifically. This research proposes to investigate health needs data analysis specifically based on mental health, with the aim of finding out what the West Auckland Māori community needs and wants in regards to treatment paradigms. The idea of a “kaupapa Māori” service model within mental health, and in particular within models of psychological therapy, is one that substantially lacks research direction – this project aims to fill that gap through analysis of secondary data, consultation and engagement with whānau, as well as a survey of any already established kaupapa Māori-based services, to inform the establishment of a targeted and effective service for whānau by Māori health providers.

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