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Otago Hui 5 & 6 April 2014

Tae Ora Tinana recently had the pleasure of presenting to a range of young Maori health professional students at the 2nd Annual Otago Hui on Saturday 5 April, in Dunedin.The Otago Hui is a conference for Maori health professional students studying at the University of Otago with the aim of developing the professional skills of these students. The theme this year was “Championing Collaborators and Interdisciplinary Innovators”.

 Lynda Kirkman and Kate Haswell represented Tae Ora Tinana and showcased four Ma - ori physiotherapists; Ricky Bell, Leroy Lawrence, Erena Wikaire, and Maui Hudson. These physios are all involved in innovative collaborations working constructively with the other health professions. They were all varied in collaborations, which gave a great insight to young Maori health professional students of possible partnership physiotherapists can get involved in.

The conference gave our representatives a chance to participate in the studentled interprofessional collaboration workshops. These workshops are intended to stimulate discussion and ideas on what changes we can put in place to help the different health professions work more effectively together. This provided the opportunity for each professional body to engage with their students.

Kate says, “the workshops were a highlight of the conference and I really enjoyed hearing from the student representatives, in particular when they presented what they were currently working on.”

Other Maori health professionals present were, Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa - Ma - ori Medical Practitioners Association, Te Ao - Marama – New Zealand Maori Dental Association,  and Nga - Kaitiaki o Te Puna Rongoa – o Aotearoa - Ma - ori Pharmacists Association.

Lynda says, “it was a truly vibrant hui and it was a great pleasure to be able to meet the students. It is hoped that in the not-too-distant future, there will be opportunities to work with these students again.”

Congratulations to James Meagher and the Ma-ori Health Workforce Development team who hosted and delivered the hui. Tae Ora Tinana look forward to this becoming an annual event.

In the photo are Nathan Clarricoats, our Tauira representative who is now completing his 4th year of Physiotherapy at Otago University, and Chantalle Shatford, who has agreed to become our next tauira representative. Chantalle is a 2nd year student. We look forward to including our tauira representatives from each of the schools of Physiotherapy in some of our operational hui and to support them as they develop leadership skills needed for Hauora Maori. The presentation slides are available onthe PNZ website through a link on the  Tae Ora Tinana page.

Here is a link to the presentation Lynda Kirkman and Kate Haswell gave.


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