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    Culturally competent practice when working with Māori individuals and whānau in health and service settings. Encompasses Te Ao Māori contexts, interpersonal skills, key health issues and inter-professional approaches.

    All people who work in the health and social sectors need to be skilled at responding to the health needs of Māori and ensuring culturally competent care and equitable health outcomes.

    The MAOH 201 paper aims to provide students with a foundation in theory and practice for roles engaging with Māori as individuals and whānau in health, disability and social sectors.

    The cultural competence of health practitioners in their work with Māori is formally recognised by health professional registering bodies as a key expectation across health professions in New Zealand.

    About this paper

    Paper title Hauora Māori in Practice: Working with Individuals and Whānau
    Subject Māori Health
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    (HUBS 191 or PTWY 131), HUBS 192, and one of (HEAL 192, POPH 192 or PUBH 192)
    Pre or Corequisite
    MAOR 102
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music
    With permission, 108 points may be substituted for HUBS191 (or PTWY131), HUBS192, and HEAL192/ PUBH192/ POPH192.

    MAOH 201 is suitable for people from diverse disciplines interested in taking a paper focused on ensuring positive health outcomes and cultural competent practice when working with Māori individuals and whānau.

    Dunedin Campus:
    Teaching staff

    Arianna Nisa-Waller (Convenor)

    Paper Structure

    The paper covers:

    • Te Ao Māori foundations for practice
    • Cultural Competence - Theory and Practice in an Aotearoa/New Zealand Context
    • Hauora Māori - integrated learning across the life-course
    • Weaving the threads - working with Māori individuals and whānau


    • Written Assignment 1: 10%
    • Written Assignment 2: 20%
    • Group Assignment: 20%
    • Final Exam: 50%
    Teaching Arrangements

    The teaching and learning in this paper is very interactive and takes a kaupapa Māori approach to the learning process. Students will engage with staff, each other, and a number of visiting speakers will join with the class over the course of the semester.

    Textbooks are not required for this paper; a course outline will be provided noting any required, recommended and further readings. Any key readings will be notified via our Blackboard page.
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Communication, critical thinking, cultural understanding, ethics, information literacy, research, self-motivation, teamwork, global perspective, interdisciplinary perspective, lifelong learning and scholarship.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper should be able to:

    • Understand key concepts, beliefs, values and experiences underpinning Māori health
    • Demonstrate the capacity to apply knowledge and skills in Te Ao Māori when working with Māori individuals and whānau in health settings
    • Describe and discuss the theoretical basis and practice implications of cultural competence and cultural safety in health settings
    • Describe and apply knowledge of Māori health models when working with Māori individuals and whānau
    • Identify effective approaches to interacting and working with Māori that lead to positive relationships and outcomes within health
    • Gain an understanding of the Hui Process and Meihana Model and their application when working with Māori in health settings
    • Explore key health issues impacting on Māori across the life course and be able to apply knowledge of cultural competency and contexts to these health issues
    • Demonstrate knowledge of hauora as it pertains to wāhine, and to tāne, and identify strategies used to work well with wāhine and tāne
    • Gain an appreciation of interdisciplinary approaches and perspectives when working with Māori
    • Have capacity to interpret and critically appraise literature informing healthcare practice with Māori


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 12:00-12:50 9-13, 15-22
    Wednesday 12:00-12:50 9-13, 15-22
    C1 Friday 12:00-12:50 10, 12, 17, 19, 21-22


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Thursday 15:00-16:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22
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