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Spiritual care in 21st century Aotearoa New Zealand

How can we better operationalise the spiritual domain in Te Whare Tapa Whā?

Hauora, wellbeing, Te Whare Tapa Whā, Fono Fale and other models of health and wellbeing have been around for some time. Aotearoa New Zealand's health system and those working in it try as best they can to create holistic policy, systems, and clinical environments. However, the spiritual domain has often been in the “too hard basket”, regularly named in policy because it is in the models, but not well understood or operationalized.

This presentation will offer a framework to understand spirituality in healthcare: the zeitgeist, definitions, models and evidence; and how spirituality and spiritual care are relevant to the emerging health system, from communities to the clinic. This is relevant as current health initiatives, such the Pae Ora (Healthy Futures) Bill, Health NZ/Hauora Aotearoa, and Māori Health Authority/Te Mana Hauora Māori, include spirituality and wairua in their scope and policy.

About the speakers

Dr Richard Egan

Dr Richard Egan is a director of the Cancer Society Research Collaboration and co-director of the Social and Behavioural Research Unit at the University of Otago. He has worked as a mental health promoter in public health, and has been at the Dunedin School of Medicine for 15 years.

Richard's PhD thesis explored spirituality in end-of-life care, and he has recently pioneered spiritual care education in nursing and medical teaching.

Dr Rongo Ngata (Ngāti Porou)

Dr Rongo Ngata works in Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare (the Eru Pōmare Māori Health Research Centre) at the University of Otago, Wellington.

Rongo received a PhD from Massey University for his Kaupapa Māori study of the impact of matakite/intuitive experiences upon wellbeing. He has a keen interest in the contribution that Māori spiritual knowledge can make in the education and health sectors, and what that should look like at a practical and measurable level.


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Date Wednesday, 31 August 2022
Time 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Audience Public,Staff,Alumni,Allied health professionals
Event Category Health Sciences
Event Type Information session
DepartmentPreventive and Social Medicine (Dunedin)
LocationBeehive Theatrette, Wellington
Contact NameRichard Egan

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