Achieving equity in Aotearoa’s health care system is one of the key components in the College’s Statement of Strategic Intent Te Rautaki. It’s a core module in our new Cornerstone programme that every College-approved teaching practice must hold, and it’s integrated into the teaching of our registrars through every part of the General Practice Education Programme (GPEP).
Every year, our first year GPEP registrars attend a Māori health training day. The day is a core component of the GPEP curriculum and an important educational experience for all who attend.
Normally scheduled towards the first half of the year, this year’s training days were delayed, due to COVID-19, but got underway last month.
On 26 August, the College’s Manawatu and Taranaki registrars congregated in the stunning scenery of Taranaki, for an informative and interactive day led by Tihikura Hohaia, alongside College Manukura Tengaruru Wi-Neera, and Taranaki and Manawatu lead Medical Educators Dr Dawn White and Dr Parteshma Chand.
The day engaged all the senses, taking the registrars around the Taranaki region to explore the local history, explaining the very real effects of colonisation, past and present, sampling delicious local food and giving everyone who attended the opportunity to take what they learnt back to their individual practices to further serve their patients and their own personal development.
Gisborne and Hawkes Bay held their joint Māori Health Day on 28 August, Christchutch held theirs on 9 September and Northland is coming up on 16 September.