What’s it like to work bi-culturally in a research group?
Our short answer is that although palliative care as a discipline is beginning to pay more attention to culture, in most countries policy and practice still maintain a fixed understanding of what a ‘good death’ means. And that understanding is firmly rooted in a Western world view. In contrast, working bi-culturally involves challenging traditional paradigms of palliative care. For us, this means doing it within the Aotearoa New Zealand context and conducting academic research that meets both Māori (indigenous people of NZ) and conventional Western standards.
Want to know more? Check out our paper in Mortality: Working bi-culturally within a palliative care research context: the development of the Te Ārai Palliative Care and End of Life Research Group.