Media Release - 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 Māori.  

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