Year: 1999 Source: National Conference of Suicide Prevention Australia, (6th: 1999: Melbourne), p.52 SIEC No: 20010235

In recent years in Aotearoa/New Zealand, the Maori mental health worker has been emerging as a key figure within multidisciplinary teams which work in the assessment, treatment, & support of Maori people who experience mental illness. However, there is an inherent conflict for mental health workers who must decide to whom they are ultimately responsible – the government or to the Maori people. This presentation discussed the problems this unclarity of role can create. It is argued many aspects of this experience are universal & can be applied to community level work, indigenous or otherwise.