Dr Hinemoa Elder

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Dr Hinemoa Elder, MNZM

Ngāti Kuri, Te Rarawa, Te Aupōuri, Ngāpuhi

As a practising Māori child psychiatrist, specialising in traumatic brain injury, Dr Hinemoa Elder made a profound difference when she designed a cultural needs assessment tool for medical staff to use when working with Māori patients.

After graduating as a doctor in 1998, Elder was soon confronted by the many barriers Māori face when trying to access good health care. She also saw that many Māori were stuck in a Western approach to health, which often fragmented and compartmentalised them, and which does not align with their cultural needs. Rather than becoming part of the problem, this influential woman designed a framework that incorporates mātauranga Māori and takes a more holistic approach to care.

As well as maintaining her own clinical practice, Elder also sits on the Mental Health Review Tribunal, writes forensic court reports for intellectually disabled offenders, is the Māori strategic advisor for Brain Research New Zealand and is Professor Indigenous Health Research at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi.

Elder is an advocate for te reo Māori, in this interview broadcast on Te Karere in 2013, she talks in te reo, about the cultural needs assessment framework she helped develop.

Dr Elder was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2019 Queen's Birthday Honour's List for her services to psychiatry and Māori. 

Find out more about Dr Hinemoa Elder:

Read about Elder on the 100 māori leaders website. 

Check out this Stuff online article about 'The reincarnation of Hinemoa Elder', by Michelle Duff, 16/9/18

Image: Screengrab from Te Karere, courtesy TVNZ.

Catalogue Reference TZP436663

Year 2013


Reporter: Peata Melbourne

Excerpt: 00:01:56

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