The Māori health and disability workforces are a key enabler for improved health outcomes and equity for Māori.  A Māori health workforce matched to its community’s needs can make a significant contribution to addressing racism in the health system by providing culturally safe and responsive care.

In the last decade, most health and disability disciplines have experienced an uplift in the number of Māori studying, graduating, and entering paid employment, as well as an increase in Māori health practitioners in leadership roles.

However, Māori continues to be under-represented in the health and disability workforce in almost all areas of the system.  The Māori health and disability workforce needs a substantial uplift in capacity and capability.

Our Priorities

Education Data & Insights: collate and report on Māori educational outcomes and achievement in secondary, tertiary, and vocational education.

Rangatahi Māori: collaborate with sector partners to promote Māori Health Careers and support Māori achievement in NCEA.

Tertiary Education: collaborate with Tertiary Sector Partners to increase the recruitment, retention, and support for Tauira Māori.

Supporting COVID-19 Temporary Workforces into Health Careers: explore education and training pathways to support COVID-19 temporary workforces to enter a Health Career. 

Review Māori Recruitment Strategies, Policies and Outcomes: a national review of strategies and policies to increase the employment of Māori in publicly-funded organisations.

Increase access to financial support, pastoral care, and cultural supervision:  Scholarship and support programmes for Māori Health, Mental Health and the Addiction Sector.

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About Us

To improve Māori Health through leadership, education, research and evaluation, health workforce development and innovative, systemic transformation. We strengthen Māori health and wellbeing through nationally navigated and locally led solutions.