Te whakahaumaru taiao: safe environments for Māori medical practitioners

Project 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.

Principal investigator:

Dr Donna Cormack

Named Investigators:

Funding details:

Health Research Council of New Zealand

Māori Health Research Project

Start Date:

1 April 2019

End Date:

31 March 2022