Dr Donna Cormack
The University of Auckland
Te whakahaumaru taiao: safe environments for Māori medical practitioners
36 months

Lay summary

Māori health education, training and workforce development is a key strategic goal for
the health sector. Significant progress has been made in recent years, including
increased numbers of Māori medical graduates. To ensure a sustainable, flourishing
Māori medical workforce, education, training and work environments need to be safe,
culturally competent and health-enabling for Māori. However, indigenous medical
students and clinicians in Aotearoa/New Zealand and overseas have identified
experiences of discrimination, harassment and bullying. These can have direct impacts
on medical students and doctors’ experiences in training and workplace settings, on
recruitment and retention in medicine, and on Māori medical practitioner health and
wellbeing. This study proposes to comprehensively explore Māori medical students and
practitioners’ experiences of discrimination, harassment and bullying and relationships
to health and wellbeing, education, training and workforce experiences, and career
decisions, using both qualitative and quantitative methods. In addition, interventions
interventions for implementation will be identified.

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