Professor Hinemoa Elder

Te Whare Wānanga o Awawnuiārangi, Māori Strategic Leader CoRE Ageing Brain, University of Auckland

Dr Hinemoa Elder is of Ngāti Kuri, Te Aupouri, Te Rarawa and Ngāpuhi descent and is a Fellow of the Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. Dr Elder is a Professorial Fellow in Indigenous Research at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi. She is the Eru Pomare Post Doctoral Fellow, Health Research Council of New Zealand. She is also the Māori Strategic Leader for the Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) for the Ageing Brain.

Dr Elder is an advocate for use of Te Reo Māori and is a graduate of Te Pīnakitanga ki te Reo Kairangi, rangapū tuarima (Te Wānanga o Aotearoa).

She has a PhD (Massey University, 2012) that developed theory and a novel recovery approach grounded in Te Ao Māori, for young Māori with traumatic brain injury, their whānau and professionals.

Since 2007 Dr Elder has worked in the area of Youth Forensic Psychiatry in the Waikato, Auckland and Northland regions writing reports for the adult, youth and family courts.  Dr Elder also continues to provide neuropsychiatric assessment and treatment working with young people and whānau with traumatic brain injury.

Dr Elder has served on several Ministry of Health reference groups including the expert advisory group of Blueprint II, which articulated the framework for New Zealand Mental Health service funding.

She is a deputy psychiatrist member of the NZ Mental Health Review Tribunal, a Specialist Assessor under the Intellectual Disability Compulsory Care and Rehabilitation Act 2003. Dr Elder is also an invited Research Associate of the Person Centred Research Centre, the National Institute for Stroke and Applied Neurosciences and is a member of the Māori Advisory Committee of the Centre for Brain Research, University of Auckland. Dr Elder is a Trustee and Director of Emerge Aotearoa, a national NGO.


Speaker at SDW Event: Inaugural Auckland Networking Event