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Cultural Competence, Partnership and Health Equity

Improving cultural competence and creating culturally safe environments for both patients and doctors is the aim of a new joint project between the Medical Council of New Zealand (Council) and Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa (Te ORA), the Māori Medical Practitioners Association.

The joint project is a key element of Council’s strategic direction to protect the public by supporting doctors to improve their cultural competence, increase partnership with Māori, create greater health equity and improve health outcomes for Māori.

A national symposium to consider the challenges and opportunities for improvement was held in June 2017 as a first step in the initiative. Council has commenced a review of the resource Best health outcomes for Maori: Practice Implications and we will engage with stakeholders about this in the near future as we continue our work on this important strategic direction.

For more information about Council’s Strategic Direction 3 – Cultural competence, partnership and health equity, refer to pages 8 and 9 of Council’s Business Plan 2017-2018.

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