We are really excited that Dr Melissa Carey has been awarded an HRC Māori Health Research Postdoctoral Fellowship with Te Arai and will join us in January. Melissa’s fellowship is funded for three years under the supervision of Tess and Merryn. She is joining us from Brisbane where she is currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of Southern Queensland.
The aim of Melissa’s research is to identify and develop a framework for a compassionate community toolkit to support a South Auckland Māori community with healthy ageing and end-of-life care. Melissa will work closely with kaumātua, Māori researchers and international experts to develop a strengths based approach to improve health and well-being for ageing Māori people. This research will help to support kaumātua, whānau, Māori communities and health professionals to access critical information and resources to assist older Māori to age well and also support their whānau carers with better resources to provide care at end-of-life.