Te Ara Ririki - Maori Trauma Informed Care Principles (2016- 2017)

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The need for contextualised, culturally safe health/social services is well recognised within Aotearoa, particularly within Mental Health and Addiction Services. However this response can often be polarised, limited in its focus utilising generic Maori cultural constructs or iwi non-specific, total population impacts of trauma for Maori. The intervening logic is either individualised or ethnically generalised. While trauma is an experience that can impact on all people, Māori experience trauma in distinct ways, similarly hapu/iwi have experienced trauma in distinct ways. These are linked to localised experiences of colonisation, racism, discrimination and subsequent unequal rates of violence, poverty and ill health. Given that hapu and iwi have been impacted by trauma in distinct ways it is important to identify practice principles that can contribute to the development of a framework that supports Māori Providers working with Māori individuals to better understand and respond to trauma within a whanau, hapu, iwi context.