Te Tiriti O Waitangi Case Study

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The Tobacco leaf, at first glance is a seemingly innocuous leaf yet it has created much debate and controversy since the early 20th century. In 1911 Isaac Adler conducted what is considered the “world’s first monolithic study on lung cancer” (Proctor, 2012) which showed a possible link between smoking tobacco and lung cancer. Adler wrote that the abuse of tobacco and alcohol were a possible cause of cancer, but this was not “yet ready for final judgement” (Proctor, 2012). What was once considered a ‘possibility’ that lung and other cancers could be linked to tobacco smoking is now proven by experts as being “the single biggest avoidable cause of cancer in the world” (Cancer Research UK, 2015). Cancer is not the only physical long term …show more content…
It’s continuing focus is on offering a culturally safe, option for Maori (and non-Maori) people who wish to give up smoking within a program using evidence based tools and education but with focus on the values and beliefs of the Maori culture. Dianne Wepa (2010) writes that the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi – partnership, participation and protection, form the framework of a culturally safe practice. According to Wepa, in order to work in a culturally safe way, health professionals need to work in partnership with the client, encourages client participation and work with them to protect their health - their taonga. Using these principles are a positive and effective way to promote smoking cessation and work in partnership with ‘at risk’ clients to prevent smoking and offer education and support. Working in a ‘culturally safe’ way can lead to better health outcomes for the client as it is aimed at “ improving health status and enhance the delivery of health and disability services” (Wepa, 2010, p. 162). Wepa suggests that it is also necessary for health professionals to be aware of their own culture and be conscious of any beliefs or values that may impede or create a barrier for their client in reaching their health goals (Wepa, 2010, p. 163). The Nation-wide program uses similar tools of other smoking cessation programs - NRT, information, support and education but with a personal Kaitautoko (support person) that could be contacted either face to face or via phone within a “ Maori framework” (Aukati Kai Paipa, 2016). Aukati Kai Paipa, is an excellent example of bringing together the evidence based techniques and tools that can assist with smoking cessation but delivering this in a culturally safe manner that “ is reflective of [Maori] beliefs and practices” (Wepa, 2010, p. 163). This personalized support system may be

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