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Barriers and enablers for Maori children accessing primary healthcare

3 months
Approved budget:
Mr Jordan Tewhaiti-Smith
Health issue:
Child and youth (healthy) development
Proposal type:
Māori Health Summer Studentship
Lay summary
Unmet needs for Maori children are alarmingly high and this project will focus on identifying barriers and enablers for our Maori children getting the primary healthcare services that are now provided free of charge (eliminating the main barrier to healthcare for whanau). Interviews will be conducted with key informants who have a sufficient knowledge about the social factors and themes around troubles and motives for whanau getting their children to see a General Practitioner or Nurse at a primary healthcare organisation. These informants will most likely be working at the interface between whanau and healthcare and will therefore have the relevant experience with whanau. The project will be based in urban Dunedin and participants will be selected from organisations around Dunedin who have roles in health and social services. The focus of discussion will be based on Maori children who live in areas of relatively high deprivation.