Māori Medical Workforce

Shifting Māori Health Needs

Māori population trends, health service needs, and medical workforce requirements - issues arising. Research paper

Fiona Cram

September 2010
Wellington: Ministry of Health


This paper examines Māori population trends and the impact these are likely to have on Māori demand for health services over the next 10–20 years, looking specifically at the demands on the Māori medical workforce.

This paper examines the relationship between the projected Māori population changes, Māori health service need changes (estimated), medical workforce development pathways (including Māori participation and achievement in secondary school science, and the accessibility of tertiary medical education for Māori), and the health workplace.

This initial paper was drafted and then the views of 12 key informants were sought.  Key informants were asked to comment on the scope of the paper (eg, what other issues need to be considered) and to provide feedback on the issues covered.  Eleven key informants provided comment on this paper (see Appendix A for list of key informants).

The paper is available to be downloaded below.

Also read the Hon Tariana Turia's speech at the Hui a Tau for Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa - Māori Medical Practitioners Association on 27 September 2010, where the paper was launched.

Fiona Cram,
26 Sep 2010, 00:26