Whaioranga te Pā Harakeke: Iwi-driven injury prevention and recovery for Māori

29 Jul 2021

Māori older adults are more likely to experience injury than non-Māori, yet less likely to effectively access ACC prevention/rehabilitation services, further increasing inequities in health outcomes.

This project will use paeārahi (health navigators) who come from their own iwi and are upskilled to facilitate health delivery. This project will expand their roles to address injury prevention (e.g. falls exercises), ACC service access, and recovery and rehabilitation. It will use local knowledge and networks, and mātauranga Māori.

Local hauora providers will facilitate paeārahi integration with older Māori communities across Te Arawa iwi boundaries. Access, activity and wellbeing outcomes will be tracked over time and paeārahi sustainability will be established.

This project aims to build an evidence-base to support enhanced Māori older adult access/engagement with ACC services, and identify iwi-designed solutions to increase ACC responsiveness to Māori older adults with potential benefits for individual, whānau, hapū and iwi.

 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.

Whaioranga te Pā Harakeke 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.