20 Jul 2011

Māori trauma recovery to be studied

9:11 am on 20 July 2011

The way Māori recover from imprisonment, sexual abuse and cultural disconnection is to be studied over five years, thanks to a grant from the Health Research Council.

Dr Paul Reynolds of the Independent Māori Institute for Environment and Health wants to identify the best road to recovery for people affected by trauma.

It's hoped the programme, which has been allocated $4.27 million will also contribute to developing skilled Māori health research workforce.

In other funding, Dr Amohia Boulton from Te Maru O Ruahine Trust will look at how the provision of traditional rongoa services could be improved, in a 3-year, $1 million project.

Dr Rhys Jones of the University of Auckland will study the effects of marae food gardens on Māori health and wellbeing at urban marae. He has been granted $1.16 million over three years.