Indigenous Health at the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.

Indigenous health workers are crucial to improving Indigenous Health. Worldwide, Indigenous Health is marked by comprehensive and compelling inequities. There is an urgent ethical imperative to eliminate these inequities. We need to undertake important work in the fields of health research, policy, management and within health professions by providing culturally safe and clinically optimal services for Māori.

Te Kupenga Hauora Māori (TKHM) coordinates teaching in Māori health. Spanning foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate education, priorities rest in displaying a focus on building capacity and developing appropriate teaching and assessment practices in Māori health across the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences and externally.


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Your postgraduate pathway - research

Sometimes research needs a fresh eye and community thinking. If we want to change Māori and Pasifika health outcomes, we will need health researchers who can engage with indigenous communities and identify how to use research tools within indigenous realities.

Te Kupenga Hauora Māori offers opportunities to engage with Māori health research and development under kaupapa Māori methodologies.
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Your postgraduate pathway - taught

Improving Māori health is the responsibility of everybody working in health, though we need to think differently. 'Critical thinking' is the cornerstone of the postgraduate courses offered by Te Kupenga Hauora Māori, encouraging students to think about the basic causes contributing to Māori (and indigenous) health outcomes. With this contemporary lens, discourse, policy and services can be critiqued and new options imagined.
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Your undergraduate pathway – first year students

Currently in New Zealand Māori make up approximately only 3% of doctors, 2% of pharmacists and optometrists as well as 6% of nurses, creating a direct impact on Māori health status.

Health professions across the board are desperately seeking passionate and hardworking Māori and Pasifika students.  Through  Vision 20:20, our faculty is committed to increasing the proportion of Māori and Pasifika in the health professions.
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Your undergraduate pathway – high school students

If you are Māori, leaving school and love sciences, there will be a health vocation for you.

Our faculty supports an enormously diverse range of vocations in the world of healthcare, so explore our site and the possibilities available to you, all with the potential to provide a stimulating career that contributes to improving Māori health outcomes.
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