Taurite Tū: achieving equitable injury prevention outcomes for ageing Māori

29 Jul 2021

For ageing Māori, falls are a leading cause of injury and leads to major impacts. ACC acknowledge there are inequities for older Māori accessing injury prevention and rehabilitative services.

Te Rūnanga o Ōtākou (TRO) in collaboration with University of Otago falls and injury prevention researchers, have developed an effective falls prevention template for ageing Māori, Taurite Tū. Taurite Tū research outcomes demonstrate statistically significant improvement in falls risk and positive engagement of Māori community.

TRO intends to further investigate how the Taurite Tū template can be further used as a platform for ACC towards broadly achieving equitable outcomes in other areas of Aotearoa for ageing Māori in injury prevention, improve access to ACC services and to injury rehabilitative services.

As with the original Taurite Tū research, the proposed research will be guided by evidence-based, physiotherapy research findings, mātauraka Māori and use Kaupapa Māori Research methodology.

This project was co-funded by Ageing Well National Science Challenge along with the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) and the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC). This investment demonstrates a commitment to investing in vital research that addresses health inequities for ageing Māori.

Taurite Tū is one of two projects that have been funded through this collaborative effort to improve specific areas of inequity, including co-designing effective injury rehabilitation, addressing barriers to accessing ACC services, as well as improving injury prevention initiatives.

This study was funded under the Ageing Well National Science Challenge Strategic Investment Initiatives.