2 April 2011
Kahu McKlintock – PhD
Nei ra te mihi ki te whanau o Parininihi ki Waitotara Inc and PKW Trust I am grateful for the encouragement and financial support from the Parininihi ki Waitotara Inc which I received to ensure the successful completion of my Doctorate of Philosophy (Psychiatry) through the Facility of Health Sciences and Medicine, Auckland University.
My research focussed on improving access to and the experience of using Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) for Maori children and youth. My thesis entitled “Te Tomokanga, Acceptable CAMHS for Māori in Aotearoa: Caregivers perspective examined the cultural and spiritual acceptability of mental health services for Maori children and youth, from their caregivers perspective.
The quantitative data revealed that for the whânau in this study, acceptability of services was shown to be related to whânau involvement, service delivery that takes cultural differences into account, accessible clinic venues for appointments and understanding that medication would help. The qualitative data revealed whânau want respectful, aware and well informed mental health staff. As a result this study proposes a CAMHS development aligned to the traditional Pôwhiri process of engagement and participation of CAMHS with Maori. This process is founded on cultural respect, cooperation, reciprocity and commitment.
This study advocates for a CAMHS delivery and workforce with the ability to offer these processes. The findings from this study could be useful to guide future CAMHS development.
The first journal article from Kahu’s PhD titled “The Pôwhiri process in Mental Health Research” which I submitted in partnership with my supervisors Professor Grahma Mellsop, Auckland University, Associate Professor Sally Merry, Auckland University and Dr Tess Moeke-Maxwell, Waikato University was accepted by the International Journal of Social Psychiatry, November 2010.
In 2010 Kahu was awarded the Dr Erihapeti Rehu-Murchie Research Fellowship, sponsored by the Health Research Council of Aotearoa to continue her career in research, as a research fellow hosted by Te Rau Matatini, Mâori Health Workforce. Kahu is currently the lead researcher on “Te Tomo Mai Acceptable CAMHS for Mâori in Aotearoa: A Youth perspective. This study will continue the work of her PhD by focusing on the views of 12 – 19 years who accessed CAMHS.