Media Release - PRIDoC 2016

MEDIA RELEASE:  Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Te ORA to host Pacific Region Indigenous Doctors Congress (PRIDoC) 2016

Talking about Transformation.

PRIDoC2016, November 27th until December 1st, at Auckland University, provides an indigenous space, for indigenous doctors, medical students, health professionals, health researchers and medical educators from around the Pacific to present scientific abstracts which contribute to the main theme of ‘Talking about Transformation in relation to indigenous health.   Te ORA last hosted PRIDoC in Rotorua in 2006.

Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa (Te ORA), the Māori Medical Practitioners Association, Māori doctors and medical students, representing nearly 400 members across all medical specialities, and provides advocacy and leadership for  better health outcomes for Māori.

Up to 300 indigenous medical practitioners from around the Pacific region will attend PRIDoC to present and discuss ideas, actions and evidence that is transforming indigenous health in the Pacific Region.  Full Programme

PRIDoC, has formal membership from the following jurisdictions:

·         Australian Indigenous Doctors Association (AIDA)

·         Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP)

·         ‘Ahahui o nā Kauka  – Association of Native Hawaiian Physicians

·         Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada (IPAC)

·         Medical Association for Indigenous Peoples of Taiwan (MAIPT)

·         Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa (Te ORA) – Māori Medical Practitioners Association

Dr Rawiri Jansen, co-convenor says that Te ORA is excited to welcome some of the world’s leading indigenous medical practitioners to Tāmaki Makaurau.  This is an important opportunity to talk about improving health outcomes for indigenous peoples and transforming health care systems. 

Associate Professor Papaarangi Reid, of the University of Auckland and co-convenor goes on to say that the academic programme is vitally important for leading indigenous medical practitioners, all with the focus of improving health outcomes for indigenous peoples.

Conference Opening Address

Hon. Te Ururoa Flavell, Minister for Māori Development, Minister for Whānau Ora, Associate Minister for Economic Development, Co-Leader of the Māori Party

Keynote Speakers

·         Hon Dame Tariana Turia, Former Member of Parliament for Te Tai Hauāuru and Co-Leader of the Māori Party

·         Dr Camara Jones, President, American Public Health Association - Racism

·         Moana Jackson - Decolonisation

·         Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Pro Vice-Chancellor Māori, University of Waikato

Media are welcome to attend the full Pōwhiri at Waipapa Marae, University of Auckland commencing at 3:30pm, Sunday 27th November.  

For more information please contact the Te ORA Office on teora@teora.maori.nz, or call 0279608744.

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