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Student Health Professionals’ understanding of tāngata whaikaha Māori concepts

3 months
Approved budget:
Ms Julia Law
Associate Professor Meredith Perry
Ms Katrina Bryant
Health issue:
Proposal type:
Māori Health Summer Studentship
Lay summary
In Aotearoa 24% of the general population and 26% percent of Maori self-reported as disabled in 2013. When adjusted for age, the rate of Maori disability is 32% with many experiencing inequities in accessing funding for equipment and care. Initiatives to address the underrepresentation of Maori health professionals and purposeful inclusion of Maori framework content within health professional curriculums has occurred in tertiary institutions. However, research identifying knowledge of Maori disability concepts in student health professionals is lacking. The results may provide useful recommendations for health professional education and complimentary findings to the HRC funded project: Te Ao Marama: Disability perspectives of tangata whaikaha Maori.