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Literature review into the Tohunga Suppression Act of 1907 and its impact on Maori perception of Western Medicine.

3 months
Approved budget:
Miss Georgia Crosson
Health issue:
Other (generic health or health services)
Proposal type:
Māori Health Summer Studentship
Lay summary
Conducting a literature review into the Tohunga Suppression Act of 1907 and its impact on Maori perception of Western medicine. I am able to dedicate up to 13 weeks of my summer holidays to this project from the 13 November 2010 through until 19 February 2011. I believe that working within a stricter timeframe will allow me to complete this research before 10 February. This literature review would see me presenting a summary of all the previous research on my topic to convey to the reader what knowledge and ideas have been established on a topic and what are the strengths and weaknesses of these previous studies. It will allow me to be brought up-to-date regarding the state of research in the field on the Tohunga Suppression Act and I will become familiar with any contrasting perspectives and viewpoints on the impacts of this piece of legislation. I do not want to disregard any traditional practices that may have medicinal merits that have potentially been suppressed due to this Act and I feel an understanding of the aftermath of this Act would give me a sound understanding into contemporary Maori health issues. I believe that completing a basic research project would serve to aid my decision in the pathway that I choose to follow with an introduction into the research side of things. But I also think that research in this area, especially taking into consideration Maori perception of medicine, will aid in my personal dealings in the Maori health sector should I continue on to practice medicine. An opportunity to gain such insight into an area that will directly affect my career with a supervisor like Helen does not occur very readily and I am prepared to commit my summer to this review and grasp it with both hands.