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National Māori Workforce Development Programmes

In 2008 the Ministry of Health announced a significant investment into strengthening the Māori health and disability workforce over the coming four years.

This announcement aligned with a key priority in Ministry of Health’s Statement of Intent for 2008–11 where enabling a strong, sustainable health sector for the longer term included strategically developing the health sector workforce in order to create an environment where innovation could prosper and result in increased recruitment and improved retention of an appropriate health workforce.

Two key national Māori workforce development programmes were commissioned by the Ministry of Health in that year.

One was a national workforce development programme that would focus on the promotion of health and disability careers to Māori. The programme mission was Whakamau, Whakaū, Whakaora i te ao Māori - Recruit, Retain and Revitalise the Māori health workforce. The Ministry appointed Counties Manukau District Health Board as the lead DHB to design and deliver the programme, Kia Ora Hauora.

The other was a national Māori nursing and midwifery workforce development programme that would address the urgent need for Māori clinical leaders in the health and disability sector by supporting clinical leadership and professional development for Māori nurses and midwives. The Ministry appointed Auckland District Health Board as the host DHB to design and deliver the programme, Ngā Manukura Āpōpō.

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