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Te Pu Korokoro: Improving the physical health of Māori with psychosis

39 months
Approved budget:
Associate Professor Cameron Lacey
Dr Jenni Manuel
Professor Richard Porter
Professor Suzanne Pitama
Dr Tania Huria
Dr Ruth Cunningham
Professor Dr Sue Crengle
Ms Tracy Haitana
Dr Helen Lockett
Dr Maira Patu
Mr Mau Te Rangimarie Clark
Dr Andre McLachlan
Dr Waikaremoana Waitoki
Health issue:
Mental health (and sleep disorders)
Proposal type:
Māori Health Project
Lay summary
People with psychosis have a considerably shortened life expectancy of up to 20 years when compared to the general population. Poor cardiometabolic health is a main contributory factor, which is a result of both treatment and reduced access to tailored behavioural support interventions. Addressing physical health disparities experienced by people with mental illness is a priority, yet, the increased disadvantage status of Māori within this mental health patient population has received limited attention. Māori are not only known to be disproportionately exposed to the risk factors for poor physical health and premature death compared to the general population, but they also experience high rates of psychotic disorders. However, the intersection between Māori ethnicity, psychosis, and physical health remains unexplored and will be investigated in a four-phase, Māori-led project.