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RANZCP strengthens its commitment to Māori

06 February 2018
 
 
 

Nau mai, haere mai e te rangatira ki te Tu Te Akaaka Roa! The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrist (RANZCP) welcomes Mr Wikepa Keelan (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungungu) as the RANZCP’s new Kaumātua.

Mr Keelan has significant clinical experience and expertise in mental health, having previously practiced as a psychiatric nurse. In addition he has also held a number of senior Māori advisory positions within the public service.

‘Mr Keelan’s knowledge of Te Ao Māori (the Māori world) will provide the RANZCP with strong cultural leadership,’ said Dr Rees Tapsell (Ngāti Whakaue) Chair of Te Kaunihera mo ngā Hauora hinengaro Māori.

‘Much of Mr Keelan's role will focus on advising on mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge), tikanga and kawa (protocol). We are particularly pleased that Mr Keelan will be able to tautoko (support) us with cultural events associated with this year’s RANZCP Congress in Auckland,’ Dr Tapsell said.

Dr Mark Lawrence (Te Rarawa) Chair of the New Zealand National Committee added ‘Tu Te Akaaka Roa, the New Zealand National Committee, is looking forward to working with Mr Keelan. He will ensure a Te Ao Māori perspective is incorporated into the RANZCP’s submissions that are being developed in response to the current Government inquiries.

‘The RANZCP is committed to improving cultural competency among its members and Mr Keelan will play a key role in contributing to this mahi (work).

‘It is critical we have a Kaumātua who will not only support the RANZCP’s work, but also provide a rich cultural resource for the RANZCP’s membership (Fellows and Affiliates), Māori psychiatrists and trainees,’ Dr Lawrence said.

Mr Keelan will begin his position of Kaumātua at the RANZCP on 6 February 2018.

ENQUIRIES: Rosemary Matthews +64 4472 7265

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists is a membership organisation that prepares medical specialists in the field of psychiatry, supports and enhances clinical practice, advocates for people affected by mental illness and advises governments on mental health care. For information about our work, our members or our history, visit www.ranzcp.org.