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Annemarie Gillies

Doctor of Philosophy, (Maori Studies)
Study Completed: 2007
College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Thesis Title
Kia Taupunga te Ngakau Maori: Anchoring Maori Health Workforce Potential

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Ms Gillies’ research explored Maori health workforce development as a positive determinant for Maori health. An examination of four Maori health workforce programmes in a medical school (Vision 20/20), a well-child programme (Tipu Ora), a mental health tertiary bursary scheme (Te Rau Puawai), and a health protection programme provided baseline data that was supplemented by an analysis of historic and contemporary policies and experiences. Ms Gillies was able to conclude that critical success factors for Maori workforce development include effective Maori leadership, the application of Maori values to workplace practices, levels of resourcing that are compatible with training and development, critical mass, and targeted policies and programmes. The thesis has important implications for both health and education policies and provides a rationale for a workforce that can effectively engage with Maori communities.

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