He mihi tēnei ki a koutou,
Māori are particularly vulnerable to cardiovascular disease (CVD) with an age adjusted rate of death three to four times higher that of the general population in NZ1. Because of this, Christchurch Heart Institute have an interest and passion to engage with more Māori in their research to identify why and to look at solutions.
To do this, we engage in a number of studies with kaumātua, patients, whānau, rōpū Māori and others with whakawhanaungatanga, mana and your rangatiratanga at the forefront of our interactions.
My role within the Christchurch Heart Institute is to primarily ensure that our internationally recognised experts and other leading edge scientists and cardiovascular experts can offer Māori a culturally safe environment and best outcomes for Māori using innovative new cultural responsiveness techniques in the labs, in the community and with our interactions with you.
Our aim is to form meaningful relationships with Māori, whanau, hapū, Rūnaka and Iwi, to work together and share our results so that Māori can be better informed and more healthier.
I am personally available to whānau who have questions or concerns and I also act as a liaison if you would like our team to engage with your rōpū.
- Gu Y, Warren J, Kennelly J, Neuwelt P, Harwood M. Cardiovascular disease risk management for Maori in New Zealand general practice. J Prim Health Care 2014;6:286-94.