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February 23, 2004

Going Native

Native New Zealanders have a hospital ward developed just for them staffed by native speaking people and traditional healers. Such an environment makes people, especially the elderly, more comfortable than they would be in a traditional hospital setting.

Caring for people spiritually, emotionally, physically, mentally and through their family and ancestral connections was the essence of nursing in the kaupapa unit, which was established 10 years ago, she said.

Traditional Maori medicines provided by whanau and approved by doctors were sometimes used, as was mirimiri (therapeutic massage). Visiting hours were extended in cases where frightened patients wanted family alongside, helping with their day-to-day care.

Posted by linda at February 23, 2004 10:39 AM

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