Bubble of Māori docs changing profession
|30 Jan 2019 12:54 PM|
Māori doctors are anticipating changes in the medical profession as Māori assume leadership positions.
The Māori medical practitioners body Te Ora held its annual hui a tau and scientific conference in Porirua over the weekend.
Chair David Tipene-Leach says it was a celebration of how far Māori doctors have come.
He says Māori can be found throughout the medical workforce, and a concerted effort by the profession over the past couple of decades means graduates are now coming through in the numbers required to address the specific needs of the Māori population.
"Probably 20 to 25 percent of doctors who are graduating in this country are Māori and that is not going to change. That's going to keep going so as that bubble of Māori doctors come throgh, imagine the change that will happen when one quarter of the medical workforce are Māori," Dr Tipene Leach says.
The hui heard about Māori approaches to patient care that could change the way all doctors work.
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