According to the New Zealand Medical Workforce survey released in late January 2016, Māori are under-represented in the medical workforce, when compared to the proportion of Māori in the general population.
An article in www.stuff.co.nz examines Nelson Marlborough District Health Board’s Māori workforce, where Māori make up 3% of the staff, compared to Māori residents representing 12% of the local population. The article explores the measures being taken by the DHB to redress the issue.
According to the DHB’s Māori Health and Whanau Ora general manager Harold Wereta a long-term aim of the board is to strengthen the diversity of its workforce. The board is exploring ways to improve the recruitment and retention of its Māori employers, he says in the article.
In the meantime the health board is working to improve the cultural awareness of all health board staff. “Māori health and health inequalities are the responsibility of all health professionals,” says Wereta