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Reporting Māori participation in paramedic education and the EMS workforce in New Zealand

NZ Literature Abstract

posted by WM Admin on 23 September 2014


Timothy A. Morrison
Bronwyn Tunnage

Year of Publication



Australasian Journal of Paramedicine, 11(5)

Publication Type

Journal article (peer reviewed)

Publication Status



This study aimed to: i) quantify Māori participation in paramedic education and the Emergency Medical Service (EMS) workforce in New Zealand, ii) compare these with reported Māori participation rates across healthcare education and the general healthcare workforce, and iii) identify factors that may promote or inhibit Māori engagement in the sector. Providers of tertiary paramedic education and EMS systems were surveyed and relevant literature was reviewed. Māori averaged 7.5% of total enrolments in tertiary paramedic education over a 5 year period and, in 2013, represented 5% of the total EMS workforce. The authors conclude that Māori are significantly under-represented in the EMS sector and further research is required to determine which factors promote and inhibit participation.

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