Psych Matters

Maori Experiences of Intellectual Disability

August 04, 2023 RANZCP
Psych Matters
Maori Experiences of Intellectual Disability
Show Notes

Mā te huruhuru ka rere te manu. Adorn the bird with feather and they will fly. Dr Hinemoa Elder. Te Aupōuri, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Kurī, Ngāpuhi.

In this episode of Psych Matters, Dr Hinemoa Elder begins with a broad background related to Māori concepts of disability including those of 'Tangata Whaikaha' and 'Whānau Hauā’. The discussion includes Māori levels of need, and mātauranga Māori, Māori knowledge systems about Hinengaro or Female deity of Mind.  Specific examples of approaches which are in use are then provided including Te Waka Kuaka and Te Waka Oranga.
References to some of the key papers in the area are also discussed.


 Reframing disability from an Indigenous perspective
Guidelines for Cultural Assessment – Maori (
Pacific Mental Health in Aotearoa New Zealand | RANZCP
Recognising the significance of TeTiriti o Waitangi | RANZCP
Cultural safety | RANZCP
Intellectual disabilities (ID): Addressing the mental health needs of people with ID | RANZCP
Partnering with people with a lived experience | RANZCP

Dr Hinemoa Elder is Māori, of Te Aupōuri, Ngāti Kurī, Te Rarawa and Ngāpuhi descent. 

Hinemoa is a mother of two adult children. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and is a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist working in both District Health Boards and private practice in the fields of community and inpatient child and adolescent psychiatry, youth forensic and neuropsychiatry.  Dr Elder is an advocate for use of Te Reo Māori, the Māori language.

A longer bio is available in her previous episode:

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