Charting pathways into health for rangatahi
15/08/2019 12:10:20 p.m.

Thursday 15 August 2019

Charting pathways into health for rangatahi

Māori rangatahi attending the Hauora Kura Pathway event in Rotorua in August found the day very inspiring and raised their awareness of the careers pathways into health.

Lianne Kohere, the Pou Manukura - Kia Ora Hauora Midland Programme Facilitator says some of the year 12 rangatahi welcomed the chance to get to know more about health pathways, while the year 13 rangatahi have said they really enjoyed the hands on activity and getting a better grasp of the health career pathways. Some 50 Bay of Plenty rangatahi were at the Hauora Kura pathway event at Toi Ohomai-Mokoia campus.

The Hauora Kura pathway event was also an opportunity to promote Toi Ohomai’s new Diploma in Health Science, which is the academic equivalent of completing year one of a Bachelor of Health Science degree.

This means rangatahi can now stay in the region while they undertake their first year of study, without the expense or upheaval of relocating while they make the transition to higher learning.

Kia Ora Hauora is a national Māori workforce development programme which aims to increase the number of Māori working in the New Zealand health and disability sector. 

A strong contingent of Lakes DHB Māori health professionals – a number who have come through the Kia Ora Hauora programme, were on hand to demonstrate their skill and interact with rangatahi about their chosen area of health.

St John personnel and an Opotiki clinical pharmacist were also present, with the DHB staff representing many clinical and allied health areas, along with admin support staff.

Lianne  Kohere says growing the Māori health workforce locally is an important step towards better health outcomes for Māori, and helping rangatahi to identify study options earlier, is an important step. Kia Ora Hauora also works to provide direction and ongoing pastoral support to rangatahi while still at school, and during their tertiary study years.

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