Developing Māori health and equity capability among health professionals: from ‘competence’ to ‘safety’ Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Tuesday 21st August, 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Function Room 730-220, Level 2, School of Population Health, Tāmaki Campus

In recent years there has been an increasing focus on cultural competence in the health sector, including by health professional regulatory bodies. The Medical Council of New Zealand has been working with Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa (The Māori Medical Practitioners Association) to strengthen cultural competence within the medical profession with the aim of improving Māori health and equity. One aspect of this project involves reviewing and updating the Medical Council's cultural competence and Māori health resources, which were published in 2006.

In this seminar we will outline recent developments in cultural competence and cultural safety for health professionals, and explain how these are informing the Medical Council/Te ORA initiative. The review and update of cultural competence and Māori health resources will be described in more detail. The outcomes of this work signal the need for a shift in orientation from 'cultural competence' to 'cultural safety' in health professional education. We will explain the rationale for this shift and consider the implications for medical education and continuing professional development.


Professor Papaarangi Reidis Tumuaki and Head of Department of Maori Health at the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland, New Zealand.  She holds science and medical degrees from the University of Auckland and is a specialist in public health medicine. She has tribal affiliations to Te Rarawa in the Far North of Aotearoa and her research interests include analysing disparities between indigenous and non-indigenous citizens as a means of monitoring government commitment to indigenous rights.

Dr Rhys Jones(Ngāti Kahungunu) is a Public Health Medicine Specialist and Senior Lecturer in Te Kupenga Hauora Māori. He is passionate about health, equity, sustainability and Indigenous rights. His research interests include environmental influences on Māori health and the role of health professional education in advancing Indigenous health. Rhys is also Co-Convenor of OraTaiao: The New Zealand Climate and Health Council, an organisation of health professionals advocating for a fair transition to a healthy climate.

Associate Professor Elana Tai Curtis(Ngāti Rongomai, Ngāti Pikiao, Te Arawa) is a Public Health Physician, Senior Lecturer and Director Vision 20:20 at Te Kupenga Hauora Maori. Her recent research includes studies investigating the teaching of indigenous health within medical education, ethnic inequities within emergency department settings, and ethnic inequities in cardiovascular care.