September 25, 2012
Pegasus funds Maori medical students
Eight Maori students in Canterbury have had their prospects boosted with the awarding of this year’s Pegasus Health scholarships.
Third-year nursing student Hine Christie says the model she has set by studying has already made her own four children more goal oriented, and nieces and nephews have also been inspired to study.
Other nursing scholarship recipients include Rochelle Pereiro, Ariana Stirling and Melissa Brett.
Jasmine Gooda and Sophie Stevenson are down the track in their studies to become doctors, and Candice Cleave and Jaydeen Waretini are studying midwifery.
Pegasus Health chair Dr Martin Seers says clinical workforce development is an essential element in improving Maori health status, as having more Maori health professionals out in the community and takes away some of the barriers to accessing health care.