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    Covers working with Māori organisations in health and with Māori communities. Encompasses organisational responsiveness to Māori, culturally responsive assessment, integrated and quality services meeting Māori needs.

    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 301 paper aims to provide students with a foundation in practice for roles engaging with Māori health organisations and communities. The paper follows on from MAOH 201 which focused on skills when working with Māori individuals and whānau.

    This paper will be of interest particularly to people who work within New Zealand's Health and Disability Sector, who seek to support positive Māori health outcomes and health equity.

    About this paper

    Paper title Hauora Māori in Practice: Working with Organisations and Communities
    Subject Māori Health
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
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    MAOH 201
    Schedule C
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    MAOH 301 is recommended for people from diverse disciplines who have completed MAOH 201 and are interested in taking a paper focused on skills and competencies to engage with Māori communities and health organisations. This would be of value for social, primary care and secondary health care sectors.


    Dunedin Campus:

    Teaching staff

    Arianna Nisa-Waller (Convenor)

    Paper Structure

    The paper is in four modules and covers:

    • Health sector and healthcare organisation responsiveness to Māori health (including mainstream and Māori health providers)
    • Building knowledge, skills and competencies when working with Māori organisations and communities in health
    • Demonstrating competency to work effectively with Māori services and organisations in health
    • Integrating knowledge and practice when working with Māori organisations and communities


    • Written Assignment 1: 20%
    • Group Assignment: 30%
    • 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
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper should:

    • Have knowledge of the historical and contemporary contexts of Māori health providers
    • Be able to describe key features of Māori health and disability services including governance, management and operational features
    • Be aware of strategies for responsiveness to Māori undertaken by services at community, primary and secondary care levels
    • Be aware of management approaches to enhance the responsiveness of services to Māori
    • Be able to explain the role of iwi, marae and community in health and disability services
    • Have knowledge of the urban Māori organisations and their role in health and disability services
    • Be able to describe the role of traditional Māori health practitioners including rongoā practitioners
    • Identify ways services can use information and resources to strengthen planning and services for Māori
    • Have an understanding of the health workforce associated with Māori health including needs assessors, whānau ora workers, health navigators, disability support workers, cultural support workers and Māori liaison services
    • Have an understanding of culturally responsive health and disability needs assessment and case management
    • Have an appreciation of whānau ora and intersectoral approaches to health and healthcare


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 12:00-12:50 29-35, 37-41
    Wednesday 12:00-12:50 29-35, 37-41
    Friday 12:00-12:50 29, 31, 33, 37, 39, 41


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Thursday 15:00-16:50 29-35, 37-41
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