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Te ORA launches new surgical scholarship program

Te ORA commends education and training boost with launch of new surgical scholarship program

Te ORA commends the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and Johnson & Johnson Medical as they join forces to offer an annual surgical scholarship to Māori doctors.

Today there are less than ten surgeons who are Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) who self-identify as being of Māori decent. This compares to the more than 800 active surgeons currently practicing in New Zealand.

The Scholarship being provided will help support Māori doctors in New Zealand in their pursuit of becoming surgeons.

Dr Rawiri Jansen (Chair, Te ORA) comments ‘Te ORA is pleased to see the focus and support for building the Maori surgical workforce and pleased to be working with RACS to develop the Maori surgical workforce, and more importantly to work towards better health outcomes for Maori

Currently four Māori junior doctors interested in surgical training are in Brisbane this week as guests of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) for their Annual Scientific Congress.

Dr Zanazir Alexander is a doctor at Middlemore Hospital in Auckland with a passion for orthopaedic surgery and research. Dr Alexander hopes to assist in bridging the gap in Māori health disparities by pursuing a career in surgery as well as inspiring others to consider a career in health.

Dr Jaclyn Aramoana-Arlidge is a doctor at North Shore Hospital in Auckland. Dr Aramoana-Arlidge is interested in general surgery as well as research and a focus on improving the retention rates of Māori medical students and creating culturally appropriate systems and processes for patients.

Dr Joshua Knudsen is a doctor with the Hawke's Bay DHB in Hastings. Dr Knudsen is committed to improving health care for Māori and Islander patients who feel they have been previously let down by the health care system. Dr Knudsen is active in arthroscopy research and has published a number of relevant articles.

Dr Kopa Manahi is a doctor at Hawke's Bay Fallen Soldiers' Memorial Hospital in Hastings. Dr Manahi aspires to train as a general surgeon to enable him to provide both clinical services to the community as well as continuing to act as an educational role model.

ENDS.

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