Developing strong relationships with your patients and their families leads to greater accuracy in diagnosis, improved treatment plans and greater continuity of care.
This is particularly important when you are working with Māori patients and their wider whānau, where genuine relationships and connection to culture are vital to care outcomes. With Māori patients especially, the therapeutic relationship you develop with them needs to be built on trust and collaboration. Without a good foundation in these relationships, Māori patients are likely to feel alienated by the therapeutic process, making it even harder for them to engage with you.
This series of interviews was recorded in 2018 with Tāmati Kruger. Tāmati is a kaumātua, a respected elder, of Ngāi Tūhoe, and was the chief negotiator in Tūhoe’s settlement process with the Crown.
Ko tēnei te mihi maioha ki a koe e Tāmati, i tōu ngākau marae, i āu korero mārama, i tāu tohatoha mātauranga. He iti nā Tūhoe ka mārama te Pō.