July 04, 2023
More support for Māori in health workforce plan
A new national health workforce plan includes a push to increase kaimahi Māori in the sector.
The plan released today by Te Whatu Ora and Te Aka Whai Ora today shows Māori make up just 9 percent of the workforce, and Pasifika 5 percent.
Health Minister Ayesha Verrall says it includes programmes to increase Māori participation in secondary school science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and mātauranga Māori subjects, and increased support for Māori tertiary students.
“A key thing is to make sure we’re building a pipeline all the way from high school, encouraging Maori and Pasifika students to study science subjects at high school so they have the background in order to do that in tertiary study, making sure we are supporting students so they don’t drop out, working with education providers to give them the pastoral care they need to stay in the system.” she says.