Editorial Board & Staff

Barry Bublitz

Patron, Editorial Board
International Indigenous Council Healing Our Spirit Worldwide

Barry J. Bublitz (Ngāi Tai ki Tamaki, Ngati Kohua, Tangahoe Taranaki ki Tonga)
Service development translating ‘aspirational thinking and being’ to achieve positive outcomes for those seeking meaningful lifestyle changes is a driving force in Barry’s career in Addiction, Māori Mental Health and Primary Health Care services. He was Director of the Kahunui Trust, offering a rural therapeutic community for youth, and a leader for the World Federation of Therapeutic Communities. Barry managed the Ministry of Health Suicide Prevention Strategy for Counties Manukau (CMDHB). Barry is a member of the CMDHB Māori Research Review Committee and Whānau Ora Development Manager with Turuki Health Primary Care Services, leading a motivated team trained in assisting Whānau (families) to achieve what they have determined as their priorities. Barry was a founding trustee of Te Rau Ora (previously known as Te Rau Matatini) in 2002, and sits on the Board of Directors. Since 2006 Barry has served as the Aotearoa New Zealand representative on the International Indigenous Council for Healing Our Spirit Worldwide.

Professor Denise Wilson

Chair, Editorial Board
Auckland University of Technology

Professor Denise Wilson is of Ngāti Tahinga (Tainui) descent. She is Professor of Māori Health and the Director of Taupua Waiora Centre for Māori Health Research at AUT University. Her research and publication activities are focused on Māori/indigenous health, family violence, cultural safety, and health (particularly Māori) workforce development. Denise has been involved in family violence research, and at a national level in the development of the Ministry of Health’s Violence Intervention Programme. She is currently a member of the Health Quality and Safety Commission’s Family Violence Death Review Committee and Roopū Māori. She is a co-author of The People’s Report for the Glenn Inquiry into child abuse and domestic violence. She is a Fellow of the College of Nurses Aotearoa (NZ) and Te Mata o te Tau (Academy of Māori Research & Scholarship), the Editor-in-Chief of Nursing Praxis in New Zealand, on the Editorial Board of Contemporary Nurse, and has been appointed to the Health Research Council’s College of Experts.

Dr Patti LaBoucane-Benson

Member, Editorial Board
Director of Research, Training and Communication, Native Counselling Services of Alberta

Dr Patti LaBoucane-Benson has a PhD in Human Ecology, focusing on Aboriginal Family and Community Resilience. She was the recipient of the two top social sciences doctoral awards: The prestigious Pierre Elliot Trudeau scholarship and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowship.

Patti has worked for Native Counselling Services of Alberta (NCSA) for 20 years and is currently the Director of Research, Training and Communication.  She is the principle investigator for BearPaw Research, specializes in community-based, applied research, with proficiency in participatory action research and collaborative research methods. Patti’s areas of expertise include interconnected worldviews, family and community ecology, Aboriginal sociological perspectives on water, and Aboriginal history.

Professor Pat Dudgeon

Member, Editorial Board
University of Western Australia

Professor Pat Dudgeon is from the Bardi people of the Kimberly area in Western Australia. She is a Psychologist and Research Fellow at the School of Indigenous Studies at the University of Western Australia. Her area of research includes social and emotional wellbeing and suicide prevention. Amongst her many commitments, she is a Commissioner of the Australian National Mental Health Commission, on the executive board of the Australian Indigenous Psychologist’s Association, and co-chair of the Commonwealth Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Advisory Group.  She is currently the project leader of the National Empowerment Project: an Indigenous suicide prevention project working with eleven sites in Aboriginal communities across the country and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project. She has many publications in Indigenous mental health in particular, the Working Together Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice 2014. She is actively involved with the Aboriginal community and has a commitment to social justice for Indigenous people

Taimalieutu Kiwi Tamasese

Member, Editorial Board
The Family Centre

Taimalieutu Kiwi Tamasese is Coordinator of the Pasifika Section of The Family Centre. She specialises in family research as this applies to the Pasifika nations and to Pasifika people – for example in relation to mental health, poverty, housing, unemployment, cultural and gender deprivation. In relation to social policy analysis, Kiwi is engaged in the development of new social policy perspectives emanating from various Pasifika cultural rationalities.  She is also concerned with the impact of government policy decisions on the Pasifika Sector of New Zealand society. Further areas of her work include: documenting and analysing the effects of cultural dislocation upon the Pasifika community in New Zealand; a focus upon Pasifika youth; and patterns of migration to New Zealand from the Pacific. Kiwi is regularly contracted to speak and advise in areas of applied social policy at national and international levels. She is often on secondment to Afeafe O Vaetoefaga from the Family Centre.

Dr Andre McLachlan 

Interim Managing Editor, staff


Dr Andre McLachlan (Ngāti Apa – Ngāti Kauae, Muaūpoko – Ngāti Pāriri) is a Clinical Psychologist and Alcohol and Drug Practitioner.  His journey in the health arena began in the early 1990’s at Tokanui hospital during the deinstitutionalisation process. He went on to work in Youth Services in Waikato and completed his training as a Certified Addictions Counsellor. He quickly followed this by achieving his Honours and master’s degree and completed his clinical psychology training. During his training, Andre continued to work fulltime within the addictions sector at Pai Ake Solutions and, more recently, completed a PhD focussed on collaborative service delivery in the area of mental health and addictions

July 2021

Greetings to all of our friends & colleagues. We have a new team who will take care of you, and the Journal of Indigenous Wellbeing.  If you need further information please contact us at jiw@terauora.com or Dr Maria Baker (CEO)  maria.baker@terauora.com

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