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Flourishing together: including tāngata whaikaha in health policy development

42 months
Approved budget:
Dr Rachelle Martin
Dr Kirsten Smiler
Mr Te Ao Marama Apiata
Catherine Grace
Dr Lesley Middleton
Professor Jean Hay-Smith
Dr Joanne Nunnerley
Professor Nicola Kayes
Health issue:
Proposal type:
Emerging Researcher First Grant
Lay summary
To positively impact on the social determinants of health, tāngata whaikaha (disabled people) need to contribute to policy planning and programme development. However, they report not being able to engage in consultation processes meaningfully. Additionally, their advocacy recommendations may not be articulated in a way that policy planners can easily use. This gap contributes to inequities in health outcomes. Co-production methods can improve the responsiveness of health-related policies. We will partner with tāngata whaikaha to co-produce policy advice around kāinga (housing) - developing a nuanced understanding of the contexts in which disabled people can access and maintain kāinga in a way that meets their needs and aspirations. Alongside, we will develop innovative methods and tools that can be used in other policy planning spaces. The tools developed will empower and enable tāngata whaikaha to create and articulate knowledge that better addresses equitable policy and programme development within Aotearoa, New Zealand.