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Te whakahaumaru taiao: safe environments for Māori medical practitioners

51 months
Approved budget:
Associate Professor Donna Cormack
Health issue:
Occupational health
Proposal type:
Māori Health Project
Lay summary
Maori 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 Maori medical graduates. To ensure a sustainable, flourishing Maori medical workforce, education, training and work environments need to be safe, culturally competent and health-enabling for Maori. 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 Maori medical practitioner health and wellbeing. This study proposes to comprehensively explore Maori 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 for implementation will be identified.