Vanessa Eldridge

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Vanessa Eldridge

Ngāti Kahungunu, Rongomaiwahine. Manager, Day Hospice at Mary Potter Hospice, Wellington

Vanessa Eldridge

Ngāti Kahungunu, Rongomaiwahine. Manager, Day Hospice at Mary Potter Hospice, Wellington

‘Mauri ora’ vs ‘treatment’ and the wairua journey for Māori at the end of life.

Vanessa will discuss ‘Mauri ora’ vs ‘treatment’ and the wairua journey for Māori at the end of life. She will give insights into what and who is really sitting in front of a clinician when working with a Māori person. She believes we will all tend with reverence and compassion when we understand the Māori colonised journey.

She will speak about Maori wellbeing and life force which can flourish even when dying. She will talk about the journey of the spirit, where it goes to, what changes it undergoes and what processes/environments are conducive to a good journey. She will also touch upon intergenerational trauma due to Colonisation and how if we work from a heart space we can never go wrong.

BIOGRAPHY

Vanessa is responsible for leading the strategy for Maori and Pasifika care at Mary Potter.  She also leads hospices compassionate community work in the patient home with volunteers, in the community through various programmes, and through the weekly Day Unit activity programme.  She has a background in nursing.  Vanessa has led several innovative programmes in conjunction with Maori health providers around cancer support, whānau care and loss and grief.  Vanessa believes Rongoā Māori has an important place for Māori wellbeing.  She enjoys the support of Te Pou Tautoko – the Hospice Māori Advisory Group in her work.  Vanessa is Wellington born and a Rongoā Māori (Maori healing) Practitioner and Kaitiaki (Bi-cultural Supervisor).

Vanessa will be accompanied by elder and Te Pou Tautoko representative Mr Tau Huirama (Tainui waka).

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