Jo (Ngāruahine) graduated with a BPharm from the University of Otago in 2002 and then went on to work as a clinical pharmacist, specialising in Older Adult Health.
Her current research focuses on access to health services and treatment for Māori. Jo's PhD examined equitable access to medicines and pharmacist services for older Māori and was undertaken through the School of Pharmacy, The University of Auckland.
Jo was the Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand's Pharmacist of the Year in 2019, recognised for her commitment to Māori and older adult health.
Plenary Session: Supporting the right of Māori to thrive into older age - opportunities and challenges in the ARC setting
Māori are currently underrepresented on multiple fronts in ARC including resident numbers, workforce and cultural practices. In the next 15 years, the number of Māori aged 65-plus is expected to triple, meaning understanding the challenges and opportunities for Māori in ARC, and related settings, is more important than ever.
Māori pharmacist and researcher, Jo Hikaka will discuss how te Tiriti o Waitangi provides a framework for pro-equity solutions to deliver on Māori rights, including the right to be well-informed, the right to care options and the right to have power and control in the health and well-being journey. She will also provide examples of incorporation of Māori cultural values into the ARC setting, and discuss what the phrase 'Māori care for their own' may mean within the context of Aged Residential Care.