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Te Piringa Kotuku

12 months
Approved budget:
Dr Jamie-Lee Rahiri
Professor Jonathan Koea
Associate Professor Matire Harwood
Dr Maxine Ronald
Proposal type:
Health Delivery Research Activation Grant
Lay summary
Māori surgeons comprise less than 1% of the medical workforce. There is a desperate need for more Māori surgeons due to persistent health inequities in access to gold-standard surgical interventions and health outcomes for Māori in surgery. Recent policies within surgical training bodies have been established to protect Māori patients and whānau within surgery. However, more work is required to support aspiring Māori surgeons through a pipeline of progression commencing at secondary school through to advanced surgical training. This project seeks to establish important relationships with Māori, local Te Raki Paewhenua community, surgical and academic stakeholders in preparation for establishing a Māori research and training group that is led by Māori surgeons and clinical academics. The long-term vision of this group is to train a cohort of Māori surgeons who will be equipped to fill future leadership positions in surgery and conduct research that pragmatically reduces health inequities for Māori.