Cancer has a significant and disproportionate impact on Māori. Māori are 18% more likely to be diagnosed with cancer than non-Māori and have a 93% higher mortality rate than non-Māori. In addition, there are differences in the distribution of risk and protective factors for cancer.
The Cancer Society Social and Behavioural Research Unit (SBRU) has an ongoing process of professional development of all staff, to increase understanding of Te Ao Māori and allow reflection on the place of cultural competency in social and behavioural research.
Ongoing development of these competencies is central to our desire to be a unit that can contribute to cancer control among Māori populations, by having research staff who are able work confidently and safely within Māori contexts.
These competencies are an important foundation for achieving research excellence in the New Zealand health context.
Current Hauora Māori projects
- Cultural competence training for health researchers: A journey to Aotearoa