13 Sep 2020

'Getting Better' podcast - Pandemic

From Te Ahi Kaa, 6:06 pm on 13 September 2020

Te Ahi Kaa features the podcast and series Getting Better - A Year in the Life of a Māori Medical Student with Trainee Doctor, award-winning writer, Emma Espiner nō Ngāti Tukorehe, Ngāti Pōrou.

Read more from episode seven and listen to the full series here.

Emma Espiner worked at Auckland Hospital during the first Covid-19 lock down in March, 2020.

Emma Espiner worked at Auckland Hospital during the first Covid-19 lock down in March, 2020. Photo: Bird of Paradise Productions

Trainee doctor Emma Espiner was in the thick of the first COVID-19 Lock down in March of this year - her final exam was cancelled, and she worked as a trainee intern at Auckland Hospital. What this pandemic showed was the swift action taken by the government to ensure the country was kept safe - Emma however says the response also underlines a lack of urgency and chronic under-resourcing when it comes to Maori health.  How does it reflect the broader themes of equity and racism that have run through this series of Getting Better?

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