Abstract: Dr Tess Moeke-Maxwell, PhD

Keynote Address: “What support do kaumātua need at the end of life? Stories about people of advanced age through the eyes of their bereaved whānau carers”

How can health services provide the best care for Māori and non-Māori kaumātua of advanced age and their families and whānau who care for them? This presentation provides suggested improvements to whakamana (uplift the mana) (status and prestige) of kaumātua by providing excellent end of life care. Tess presents the key research findings from Te Pākeketanga, an HRC funded end of life study, about ageing, dying and family and whānau bereavement. A qualitative, Kaupapa Māori and constructivist research design was employed to interview 58 family carers on behalf of 52 older deceased people. Mixed methods were used in face-to-face interviews using a researcher-administered questionnaire. Research questions investigated the end of life circumstances, palliative care and bereavement experiences of family carers.

Dr Tess Moeke-Maxwell, PhD (Ngāi Tai ki Tamaki Makaurau, Ngāti Pōrou) is a Research Fellow for the Te Ārai Palliative and End of Life Care Research Group, School of Nursing, University of Auckland. Tess’s research interests include palliative care research with an emphasis on Māori and kaumātua. Tess would like to see whānau supported to provide well-resourced end of life care to an ill or dying family member. Tess sits on Hospice New Zealand’s Governance Board to develop the Foundations of Spiritual Care Training Programme which she recently helped to evaluate. She has worked as an ACC Registered Sexual Abuse Clinician in the BoP. Her PhD developed a post-colonial analysis of Māori women’s cultural hybridity. In 2017 she was awarded a Health Research Grant to lead the Pae Herenga study; this is a three year qualitative study to gather and share information about traditional Māori end of life customs. She has also been selected for the “100 Māori Leaders” project in Māori health. Together with her partner Nette, Tess runs Stars of Aroha, a small meditation business: www.starsofaroha.co.nz