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About us

The Māori Health Workforce Development Unit (MHWDU) is committed to significantly growing the Māori health workforce in New Zealand. The MHWDU aims to support Māori academic excellence in the health sciences, and increase the Māori health workforce through a number of tailored programmes.

Our services include providing information, guidance, and support for Māori seeking pathways into health professional and health sciences study at the University of Otago.

The health professional and health sciences degree programmes include:

We work closely with key University of Otago networks and services to ensure Māori students have access to high quality services to meet their range of needs. The MHWDU sits within the Division of Health Sciences at the University of Otago.

We are funded by both the Ministry of Health and the University of Otago; led and directed by a dedicated team of Māori staff; are guided by Māori values and philosophies in all its activities; and aim to be a centre of excellence for Māori health workforce development with high quality strategic leadership, management, and evidence-based programme delivery within the Division of Health Sciences.

Contact us for a copy of our Strategic Plan: