31 Oct 2019

Little support for Māori entering health workforce - nurse

From Morning Report, 6:42 am on 31 October 2019

Whangarei mental health nurse, Philippa Burton, has won a $127,000 Health Research Council Scholarship, to improve Māori recruitment and retention into nursing.

In 40 years the Māori nursing population has remained static at seven percent.

Ms Barton says that's a problem because Māori patients are more likely to engage with the health system if they can see themselves in it.

She told RNZ reporter Te Aniwa Hurihanganui as a student there was little support for Māori entering the industry, and nothing much has changed.