Conference Keynote Speakers

Dr Diana Kopua (Ngāti Porou)

Dr Kopua grew up in Takupuwahia and Titahi Bay. She studied and worked in Māori mental health as a community psychiatric nurse in Porirua and at the age of 31, pursued further training through a medical degree at Otago University specialising in Psychiatry.

Dr Kopua’s desire to see meaningful change within the mental health system has led to the adoption of Mahi a Atua, a  framework committed to developing indigenous systems for positive community outcomes and a therapeutic pathway that is for Māori by Māori. Māori creation and custom stories are a touchstone in this approach.

Along with many diverse organisations, Dr Kopua is currently working as consultant Psychiatrist with Hauraki PHO and the wider Waikato-Hauraki Whanau pai collective. She is a change agent and social justice advocate providing leadership within the Hauraki PHO. In 2020 she was awarded the prestigious Dr Maarire Goodall award for her on-going contribution to Māori Health.

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