August 13, 2019
Hauora high priority in new health degree
The University of Waikato has embedded understandings of health and wellbeing drawn from Te Ao Maaori in all aspects of its new Bachelor of Health degree, in an attempt to address some of the deficiencies identified in the Waitangi Tribunal’s stage one report from the Health Services and Outcomes Kaupapa Inquiry
Vice Chancellor, Professor Neil Quigley, says the way healthcare is delivered in New Zealand is unsustainable because it has insufficient focus on living and staying well.
He says the new degree and a Certificate in Health and Wellbeing aim to graduate health industry professionals who will enact hauora in practice, advocate for broader understanding of what constitutes health and work in multidisciplinary teams to address the health issues that matter to communities.
The degree was developed in consultation with iwi, primary and secondary health providers, local government, community groups, the health science community and private enterprise.
Enrolment is now open for the first semester of 2020.
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