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Medical students create resources for Māori children with asthma

Asthma resources created by MIHI 4th year studentsSuper hero movies, apps and fridge magnets explaining asthma to children are some of the resources developed by Christchurch medical students as part of an innovative teaching programme.

The programme was initiated by the University of Otago’s Māori/Indigenous Health Institute (MIHI). Fourth year students were given a case study – a young Māori boy with asthma – and asked to develop resources to help him better understand the condition and how to manage it.

Better health communication: better outcomes

MIHI lecturer Dr Tania Huria says the initiative benefits both students and the community.

Research done by Otago University’s Wellington campus shows health professionals have an important role in promoting health literacy, and can contribute to better outcomes, particularly for Maori whanau with young members with asthma.

Huria says the education session developed by MIHI provides students with an opportunity to be creative and consider and design a health resource that could make a difference for whānau.  She says the medical students excelled at producing relevant, fun and interactive resources. There is scope in the future that some of the students’ creations could be commercially produced and used by clinicians or organisations such as the Asthma Foundation.