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Dr Gabrielle Moss

Māori-led solutions to family violence


Tuesday 16 October, 12.30-1.30 pm

Function Room 730-220, Level 2, School of Population Health, Tāmaki Campus.


Dr Gabrielle Moss (Iwi Ngāti Kahu, Affiliations Te Rarawa, Ngāti Whātua) is a GP and Clinical Lead at Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Health Services. 



As the ad campaigns states, family violence is not okay.

Currently Māori are at greater risk for experiencing family violence than non-Māori.  Māori are twice as likely to be violent with another family member, rangatahi Māori report seeing violence in the home at twice the rates of the national average and tamariki Māori are six time more likely to die from abuse or neglect.  Māori are also exposed to the wider determinants and risk factors for family violence including poverty, psychological distress (including racism) and hazardous drinking.  Importantly the impact of Māori family violence extends beyond the ‘current’ and is inter-generational.

This presentation will focus on a Māori-led intervention which is delivered in general practice.  Rather than ignore the issue or blame the victim/perpetrator, Ōrākei Health has taken a rights-based approach that meets the rights of whānau to feel safe and flourish in their own homes.  System and service levels changes were introduced so that routine enquiry is now incorporated in routine general practice.  Gabrielle discusses the training for staff, the process for making referrals to appropriate expert services and her work as an advocate for women and young people.

An overview of other exciting initiatives at Ngāti Whātua Ōrakei, including Toi Ora, the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei health insurance scheme, will also be presented.

The free visitors' car park is accessed via the main entrance at gate 1. 

For a map of the Tāmaki Innovation Campus please click here.


Dr Nathan Lachowsky

Masking and Revealing Health Inequities: Ethnicity Classification of Men Who Have Sex With Men in Aotearoa New Zealand.


Tuesday 20th February, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm. 

Seminar Room 730-266, Level 2, School of Population Health, Tāmaki Campus.

Dr Nathan Lachowsky is an Assistant Professor and Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar in the School of Public Health and Social Policy at the University of Victoria in Canada, which sits on the unceded traditional territories of the Lkwungen-speaking peoples, and the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day. His research focuses on the use of community-based methods to address sexual health inequities among marginalised populations.


Ethnicity classification systems have considerable implications for public health, including the potential to reveal or mask inequities. Men who have sex with men are a behavioural population disproportionately affected by HIV in Aotearoa New Zealand, making up 89% of all new diagnoses acquired domestically in 2016. However, public health research has rarely investigated the intersections of ethnicity and sexuality. This seminar will present findings from an analysis of national behavioural surveillance data from 10,525 men who have sex with men collected in 2006, 2008, 2011, and 2014 across Aotearoa New Zealand. We investigated three ethnicity classification methods and their relationship to sample size, socio-demographics and sexual health indicators. We also assessed trends in sexual health outcomes disaggregated by ethnicity. Different classification approaches alter sample size and influence identification of health inequities. Data disaggregated by ethnicity highlight inequalities in sexual health service access and prevention uptake. Population-level trends were driven by the majority European sub-group, masking important differences for ethnic minority sub-groups. These findings have broad implications for public health surveillance that is used to activate public health responses.

The free visitors' car park is accessed via the main entrance at gate 1. 
For a map of the Tāmaki Innovation Campus please visit the following link: http://web.env.auckland.ac.nz/public/maps/tamaki.pdf


Māhina 2017 Poster Presentations


Lauren White
Poster (393.5 kB, PDF)
Santino Camacho
Presentation (881.3 kB, PDF)
Sai Furukawa
Presentation (1.1 MB, PDF)
Hoʻoleia Kaeo
Presentation (456.6 kB, PDF)
Keith Allen Afong
Presentation (146.6 kB, PDF)
Jo Ann Tuifanu
Presentation (484.9 kB, PDF)

2018 seminars