Dr. Karen Brewer (Bio)
Dr. Karen Brewer is a Speech-language therapist and a kaupapa Māori researcher at The University of Auckland.
Dr. Karen Brewer launched Ngā Whāriki Kōrero in July 2020, this is a fantastic kaupapa Māori speech language therapy package for whānau with communication difficulties caused by stroke. The outcome of Karen’s HRC-funded post-doctoral research, Ngā Whāriki Kōrero began with the many hours Karen spent hearing the stories of Māori and their whānau after stroke.
Though developed with the work of speech language therapists in mind, both Ngā Whāriki Kōrero and the learning behind, it has great potential to amplify mātauranga Māori and support the work of rehabilitationists and researchers—anyone involved as communication partners of Māori with a range of communication disorders.
She completed an Eru Pōmare research fellowship in Māori health, funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand in 2020 and is now a senior research fellow on a project titled ACCESS: Accessing Cardiovascular Care for Equity Studies