Rationing Māori Life and Well-Being - Who Decides and How?

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

An Expert Webinar and Panel Discussion brought to you by Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga and Te Rōpū Whakakaupapa Urūta held on 31 August, 2020

Panel: Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Associate Professor Krushil Wātene and Dr Donna Cormack with Professor Papaarangi Reid (Facilitator).

Mihi Whakatau & Whakamutunga: Paora Sharples

Aotearoa New Zealand has avoided the extreme consequences of COVID-19, which internationally has uncovered how health systems and societies differentially value people and groups. However inequality exists in NZ and many of these values and mechanisms still operate not only within our society and but also within our health system. This webinar  investigates, exposes and discusses the ethics of rationing health care in a racialised society - critiquing the use of prioritisation tools in medicine about who gets access to technology like ventilators and ICU.

By doing so it highlights the health inequities that already exist but which would be exacerbated by COVID-19, and brings into the light issues of relevance to government, health professionals, researchers and communities across Aotearoa.