Authors: David Lui, NEW ZEALAND
Event: 2001 TheMHS Conference
Subject: book of proceedings, Healing And Recovery, TRADITIONAL HEALING, TRANSCULTURAL MENTAL HEALTH, PACIFIC ISLANDER
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: This paper will discuss pacific perspective of health, illness and traditional treatment of those illness. In particular it will describe and discuss types and causes of mental illness in the pacific. The paper will touch on spirituality and the super natural and how it relates to mental illness in the pacific island. The paper talk about examples of illnesses in the various pacific islands from the Cook Island in the south through Tonga, Samoa to Tuvalu and Kiribati. The paper will present the authors view point of how these traditional illnesses and in particular their treatment and the healing processes relate to the more modern Mental Health settings in New Zealand. Pacific traditional healing does have a place in modern psychiatric environment.