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School of Pharmacy fourth year students focus on Maori health

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

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Fourth year students and School staff at the Arai Te uru marae.

On 8 and 9 October, the School of Pharmacy took the fourth year Pharmacy students to Arai Te Uru marae for a two day hui. The focus of the hui was on Māori Health, enhancing learning outcomes covered in the cultural curriculum. “While our students have learnt about some important aspects relating to health and culture, we wanted to provide marae based learning on Māori health” says Kaiārahi, Lisa Kremer.

After the pōwhiri, the students participated in a variety of interactive learning sessions including te reo Māori, Māori models of health, the Treaty of Waitangi and decolonisation workshops, led and taught by a number of experts. Students also listened to inspirational Māori healthcare practitioners to hear about their experiences with patient and medicine-related issues.

The feedback from the students was that they learnt a lot from the two days and that this gave them the platform to further their own learning and engagement with the communities they will be working in during their internships and beyond.

The School will continue to work hard over summer to create further curriculum developments for cultural competencies, including Hauora Māori, for all pharmacy years, for 2016 onwards.

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Students are welcomed onto the Arai Te Uru marae.

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Students enjoying the food provided.

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Student enjoying time at the marae.