Indigenous And Ethnic Minorities: Aotearoa New Zealand

Significant health disparities exist in Aotearoa New Zealand between ethnic groups, with indigenous and minority communities carrying a disproportionate burden of disease. The current emphasis on increasing access to pharmaceutical treatment for such groups is questioned by critical scholars of medicine who argue that illness cannot be adequately addressed without understanding the wider socioeconomic dimensions of “health” and different cultural explanations of the same thing. This article concludes with some cautionary remarks on the development of pharmacogenomics research in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Current Context

While the Aotearoa New Zealand population has a generally higher level of health than members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) as a whole (life expectancy is currently 81.2 years, compared to an average of 80.1 years), there continues to ...

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