Flourishing together: including tāngata whaikaha in health policy development

Presented By: 

Rachelle Martin


Thursday 15 July 2021

Burwood Hospital, Christchurch

Dr Rachelle Martin is one of nine recipients of this year’s Emerging Researcher First Grant offered by the Health Research Council (HRC).

Rachelle presented an overview how this research, partnering with tāngata whaikaha Māori and non-Māori, aims to co-produce policy advice around kāinga (housing and home) while also developing co-production methods and tools that can be used in other policy planning spaces impacting on disabled people.

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Dr Rachelle Martin  – Rehabilitation and Knowledge Translation Lead (BAIL)

Rachelle is a trained physiotherapist who has completed her Master in Health Science, endorsed in rehabilitation, in 2014 and a PhD in 2018. She has worked in various settings including acute neurosurgical, community assessment and long term rehabilitation in residential care.

Since a young age, Rachelle has enjoyed teaching and finding interesting ways to communicate with people.  She took an early interest in working with people following a stroke and as a high school student volunteering in the physiotherapy department at Balclutha Hospital, she  vividly remembers supporting a survivor of a severe stroke relearning to sit.

Along the way, she has increasingly come to understand that there is a need to think beyond what we deliver as health professionals, to also consider how we deliver care and rehabilitation services.