30 Jan 2020

Māori-specific assessments needed for Māori inmates with traumatic brain injuries - psychologist

From Morning Report, 6:17 am on 30 January 2020

A neuro-psychologist says Māori inmates who've suffered a traumatic brain injury need Māori-specific assessments if they're to avoid making the same poor decisions that led them to prison in the first place.

A University of Canterbury study found nearly every inmate at Christchurch Women's Prison who was interviewed had suffered a traumatic brain injury.

Makarena Dudley is one of only four Māori neuro-psychologists. 

She's worked with Māori inmates and told RNZ reporter Te Aniwa Hurihanganui that what works for most people won't necessarily work for them.