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Recruitment scheme boosts Maori doctors

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A fifth of the 215 doctors to graduate from the University of Auckland this month had Maori or Pacific whakapapa.

They included 28 graduates who identified as Maori, 14 as Pacific, and four as Maori and Pacific.

Dr Elana Curtis from the university’s Te Kupenga Hauora Maori health research unit credited the increase on the University’s Maori and Pacific Admission Scheme.

She says the scheme means intake now better reflects the population proportion for this age group.

Dr Curtis is director of Vision 2020, which aims to increase the number of Maori and Pacific medical and health graduates to 10 percent of the health workforce by 2020.

A survey done in 2014 estimated New Zealand’s medical workforce included 3.2 percent Maori and two percent Pacific.

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