News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 

New tool sharpens treatment for Mäori

New tool sharpens treatment for Mäori

A new tool that measures physical, spiritual and whänau dimensions of Mäori with mental health issues in addition to purely psychological measures is to be launched this week.

Hua Oranga: A Mäori Measure of Mental Health Outcome was conceived by Professor Sir Mason Durie and Director of Te Mata o Te Tau, Massey’s Academy of Mäori Research and Development Dr Te Kani Kingi about 10 years ago. The original framework formed the basis of Dr Kingi’s PhD thesis.

After more than a decade of development the framework and measure has now been validated through testing with health providers in the Bay of Plenty. The work was conducted in association with researchers from the national Mäori health workforce organisation – Te Rau Matatini and the Clinical School at Waikato Hospital and will be available for use by health providers nationwide.

According to Te Rau Hinengaro: The New Zealand Mental Health Survey, mental health concerns remain a significant issue for Mäori.

Dr Kingi says there are more than 1200 health measurement tools, and this is the only one of its kind – in that it includes far broader environmental measures of specific relevance to Mäori. “To have it validated in this way is potentially significant for mental health development in New Zealand.” The framework is based on the Whare Tapa Whä model of health developed by Professor Durie more than 25 years ago and is widely used in health services and other social programmes.

The benefits of the framework also resonate with a Massey psychology researcher investigating whether mental health treatment is less effective when the religion or spiritual beliefs of patients are ignored

Doctoral student Bronwyn Clark says studies overseas have shown that a therapist's understanding of a client's deeply held religious or spiritual views and values is crucial in developing effective treatment, but anecdotal evidence suggest therapists in New Zealand typically steer clear of discussing religious beliefs.

Dr Kingi says there is growing evidence to support the correlation between physical health and wellbeing. “Many of the tools currently in use are too blunt to understand Mäori realities.” Dr Kingi says the framework can potentially be used in a broad range of settings.

“Using a conventional approach, treatment outcomes are often determined by whether or not symptoms have ablated or been reduced. These are positive outcomes and are often assisted by the use of medication. However, medication can generate unwanted outcomes – such as weight-gain for example – which are not considered as part of the overall outcome analysis. This measure is a step in that direction and a real attempt to better understand the broad range of factors that contribute to the health outcomes of individuals.

“This will mean that for the first time Mäori concepts of health and wellbeing can be considered and benchmarked, and considered over a period of time,” Dr Kingi says.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Back On The Stairway To Heaven: Led Zeppelin Wins Over Spirit

In March, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeal upheld an original jury finding that Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven did not infringe copyright in Spirit’s 1968 song Taurus . Michael Skidmore, who had filed the suit in 2014 as trustee of the ... More>>


Amazon Original: Borat Subsequent Moviefilm - Trailer And Launch Date

OFFICIAL TRAILER: “BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM: DELIVERY OF PRODIGIOUS BRIBE TO AMERICAN REGIME FOR MAKE BENEFIT ONCE GLORIOUS NATION OF KAZAKHSTAN” Film to Launch Globally on October 23rd Exclusively on Amazon Prime Video... More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland