Authors: Raewynn Kruse, NZ
Event: 2002 TheMHS Conference
Subject: book of proceedings MAORI, Family/carer Issues, Partnerships in Primary & Community Care, whanau
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The paper discusses Family/carer issues in a Mental Health Service from a Family Advisor position.
A need for more support and education to family/whanau was recognised by Taranaki's mental health service and family members. The aim of this paper is to talk about some of the ways in which families can be involved in the delivery of mental health services, through both individual and organisational participation, and the way in which services can work more effectivley with Family/Whanau It is hoped that the paper will be helpful in suggesting ways in which the mental health services can ensure that families can access and share information, education and support in culturally appropriate ways.
Maori and European perspective's are compared,with emphasis on the difference between European Families and the needs of Whanau. To work effectively with Maori it is necessary to know and understand the components that contribute to their well-being. This includes knowing how Maori cultural identity is defined and the values, beliefs and behaviours that are part of the identity.
As the lives of families and Whanau are so directly affected by mental illness, and by the presence or absence of fully effective mental health services, it is essential that Families and Whanau participate in the planning of services at all levels.