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Tane in the health workforce: a student's experience of supporting factors

3 months
Approved budget:
Mr Jordan Tewhaiti-Smith
Health issue:
Other (generic health or health services)
Proposal type:
Māori Health Summer Studentship
Lay summary
Tane (men) in the health workforce are hugely important for supporting the hauora of whanau, hapu, iwi and particularly other tane Maori. Despite this, tane Maori are significantly under-represented in this workforce. This research will involve interviews of tauira tane Maori who are training in a variety of the University of Otago Health Professional programmes. The stories of these tane will include what and who inspired, motivated or steered them in a direction towards becoming a health professional and their views and perspectives on how to support the journeys of tane Maori into and through health career training. This is an important area of research given the under-representation of tane Maori in the health workforce and in health professional tertiary programmes. Having an increased knowledge about factors and pathways that lead tane Maori to take up tertiary health programmes and careers in health will contribute to informing strategies and initiatives.