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Te Waka Oranga; bringing the recovery destination to whanau

48 months
Approved budget:
Dr Hinemoa Elder
Health issue:
Injury (intentional and unintentional)
Proposal type:
Māori Health Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lay summary
The aim of this research is to improve the rehabilitation of traumatic brain injury for young Maori. While high incidence of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in Maori under 25-year-olds causes significant intergenerational health burden (Feigin, et al., 2012), little is known about Maori experience of post-acute care and rehabilitation. What is available suggests this phase is poorly managed (Elder, 2012a; Harwood, 2010). There is an absence of published measures predicated on Te Ao Maori values. The project will: 1. Develop and test a quantitative questionnaire to aid assessment of young Maori who have sustained a TBI (building on prior PhD work). 2. Use a new approach, Te Waka Oranga, with whanau of young Maori who have sustained a TBI, and clinicians in a case series. Rangahau Kaupapa Maori is the overarching methodology. Improving TBI rehabilitation for Maori has significance for improving health outcomes.