Rehabilitation and indigenous peoples: the Māori experience

Disabil Rehabil. 2010;32(12):972-7. doi: 10.3109/09638281003775378.


Indigenous peoples often have the worst health status in comparison to non-indigenous people in their own nations; urgent action to address the health inequities for indigenous people is required. The role of rehabilitation in addressing health and disability inequities is particularly important due to the health need of indigenous peoples; the unequal distribution of health determinants; and disparities in access to, quality of care through and outcomes following rehabilitation. This article will present a perspective for Māori, the indigenous peoples of New Zealand, on a framework for improving rehabilitation services for Māori and ultimately their health and wellbeing.

MeSH terms

  • Disabled Persons / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Disabled Persons / rehabilitation*
  • Health Services, Indigenous*
  • Health Status
  • Healthcare Disparities
  • Human Rights
  • Humans
  • New Zealand
  • Population Groups*