December 12, 2012
Programmes making impact on Māori health
The winner of a one of the top awards for Māori medical students is heartened by the improvements in addressing Māori health needs.
The $10,000 John McLeod scholarship is given to students who combine academic excellence with engagement with the community or iwi.
Eugene Michael from Ngāti Kahu, Ngāti Tuwharetoa started studying to be a doctor after qualifying as a pharmacist and working in South Auckland, where he was involved in initiatives to improve health outcomes for Māori and Pacific Island patients.
He says that opened his eyes to the disparity in healthcare.
"The positive thing I have seen is there has been a lot of work by various groups, organisations and individuals to address that. There is a long way to go but are we are starting to see some positives coming through from the initiatives that have been implemented," Mr Michael says.
He’s keen to work closer to his tribal area in Northland once he finishes his training.
The other John McLeod Scholarship awarded this year went to Reuben Kirk of Tūhoe, who is studying physiotherapy.
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