Te ORA (Maori Doctors) sign CA Austrlia

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Te ORA signs Collaboration Agreement with the Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand Te ORA

Today, Te Ohu Rata O Aotearoa (Te ORA) Maori Medical Practitioners Association signed a collaboration agreement with the Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand (Medical Deans) as a commitment to improve Maori health equality in Aotearoa. The Medical Deans is the peak body representing professional entry-level medical education, training and research in Australia and New Zealand. The organisation comprises the Deans of Australia’s 18 medical schools and New Zealand’s two medical schools (Auckland and Otago).

The collaboration agreement provides for the two parties to collaborate on a range of programmes that will, amongst other things, contribute to:

  1. Increasing the recruitment, support, retention and graduation of Maori medical students
  2. Identifying and supporting programs which will support an increased number of
  3. Maori high school students to be academically and socially prepared for entry into medical school
  4. Ensuring a relevant Maori health curricula as part of the medical school programme
  5. Developing programs and activities which will assist Maori medical graduates to transition successfully into the early postgraduate training years and
  6. Providing leadership within the medical community on priority matters for M?ori peoples
  7. The organisations will meet to develop the work programme annually.

‘This collaboration agreement signals the beginning of an important relationship and work programme between M?ori doctors and the Medical Dean’ said Dr Sue Crengle, the Chair of Te ORA. ‘Te ORA looks forward to working with Medical Deans to support the future growth and development of the M?ori medical workforce’.

The agreement is similar to the agreement the Medical Deans signed with the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association in 2005.

The agreement was signed at Waipapa Marae, at Te Whare W?nanga o Aotearoa at the opening of the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) Connection IV conference. The Conference brings together leading medical educators from Aotearoa/New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Hawaii and Vietnam.

The LIME Network conference, known as LIME Connection, is held every two years in either Australia or Aotearoa/New Zealand.

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