28 Jan 2014

Programme for Maori doctors

6:31 am on 28 January 2014

A Rotorua Whanau Ora Maori health provider aims to establish a training programme for tangata whenua GPs before the end of the year.

Korowai Aroha Health centre has been registered by the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners for obtaining the Cornerstone accreditation, which recognises high quality standards of care.

Korowai Aroha chief executive Hariata Vercoe says it's helping them to become a magnet for Maori doctors.

Ms Vercoe says it could not offer that service before because it had not secured the Cornerstone standard, which she says is necessary to become an assessor.

One of the doctors has already began studies to become a training mentor for young Maori GPs, who have completed their studies, she says.