Maori Health PhD Scholarship

Ms Debra Gerrard
AUT University
Taiohe and whānau entering acute mental health with alcohol and drug issues
36 months

Lay summary

This is a transformative qualitative study which attempts to define taiohe and whānau experiences with acute mental health issues where drugs/alcohol are implicated. Taiohe are approximately fifty percent of the Māori population, they’re our future kaumātua and nurturing them when experiencing acute mental health complications is essential for Māori and the Nation. However, taiohe and whānau are constantly challenged with the western approach of service delivery. Therefore, this study envisions to provide a collective approach by listening to their voices to understand and define a culturally co-ordinated and managed approach in services. I will use an indigenous methodology, kaupapa Māori research to structure assumptions, values, concepts and priorities for taiohe and whānau within a western paradigm. It is an approach that will reframe, restore, return and democratize traditional ways of decision making allowing for indigenous governance. This study will contribute to tino rangatiratanga and ensure Te Tiriti O Waitangi responsiveness.

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