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Hauora Māori: Introduction to models, processes and frameworks to advance wellbeing

Hauora Māori: He whakatakinga ki ngā tauira mahi, ngā tukanga me ngā poutarāwaho kia anga whakamua te hauora

Please note this course is now full. If you would like to go on a waiting list please email

Wednesday 17 February 2021

Would you like to learn more about Hauora Māori so you can enhance your practice, that of your workplace and help make a difference?

This course is designed for those working in positions which have the potential to act purposefully to tackle wicked health disparities experienced by Māori – whānau, hapū and iwi and improve outcomes.

Through a combination of presentations and facilitated group discussions and activities, this course will introduce participants to practical tools, models, processes and frameworks such as the Health Equity Assessment Tool (HEAT) , Hui Process and He Pikinga Waiora Implementation Framework. These tools are designed to guide organisations, practitioners, health promoters, kaimahi, planners and policy makers undertake activities designed to achieve equitable health outcomes for Māori.

The course will draw on COVID-19 scenarios to illustrate how these types of tools might be employed to support and protect Māori health and wellbeing.

Topics covered

  • Equity tools
  • Māori Health processes
  • Models and frameworks (theory and practical application)

Style of course

Seminar style teaching with guest speaker presentations, interactive discussion and workshop activity.

Who should attend?

This course is designed for those wanting to strengthen their knowledge of Māori health and equity tools to support them in their roles and will be of interest to:

  • Policy makers from central and local government
  • Planners and funders (e.g. DHBs, PHOs, Public Health Units)
  • NGOs staff, kaimahi, academics and advocates
  • Health professionals

By the end of this course participants should have:

  • Increased knowledge and skill in the use of equity tools and Māori health processes, models and frameworks
  • Reflected on their own practice, organisation and ways they can contribute to equitable health outcomes for Māori
  • Strengthened their health networks

COVID-19 contingency plan

If COVID Alert Level restrictions prevent in-person/face-to-face delivery of this course, it will be delivered online the same day, and a credit of $100 given ($50 for those paying staff/student rate).

If the course is able to be delivered in person, but a participant cannot travel to Wellington due to COVID Alert Level restrictions, the course fee will be refunded in full.

Draft timetable

Time Session Presenter(s)
8:30am Registration  
9:00am Whakawhanaungatanga
Introduction to equity tools
Jeannine Stairmand, Rhiannon Jones
and Virginia Signal
Guest presentations Bridget Robson and Cheryl Davies
10:30am Morning tea  
11:00am Workshop 1 Virginia Signal
Workshop 2 Jeannine Stairmand
Workshop 3 Rhiannon Jones
12:30pm Lunch break
1:30pm Workshops continued
(Note: participants will cycle through workshops)
Jeannine Stairmand, Virginia Signal
& Rhiannon Jones
3:00pm Afternoon tea  
3:30pm Workshops continued
(Note: participants will cycle through workshops)
Jeannine Stairmand, Virginia Signal
& Rhiannon Jones
4:30pm Reflections and actions going forward Jeannine Stairmand
5:00pm Finish  

Teaching staff

  • Jeannine Stairmand (convenor), Ngāti Porou
    Jeannine is a Lecturer at the University of Otago, Wellington. Jeannine is a nurse with a Masters in Public Health who has worked in the Māori and Public Health fields for over 20 years. Jeannine convenes Hauora Māori teaching of 4th and 5th year medical students at UOW, teaches on the Public Health Postgraduate programme, is a researcher member of the Cancer and Chronic Conditions (C3) research group and is based in Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare.
  • Dr Virginia Signal, Research Fellow
    Virginia is a research fellow within the Cancer and Chronic Conditions (C3) research group at the University of Otago, Wellington. Her main research interests lie within improving Maori health and addressing inequities, particularly those seen for cancer. Her PhD investigated the effect of ethnicity and/or comorbidity on the stomach cancer treatment pathway and outcomes. Virginia has an oncology nursing and cancer-related health promotion and policy background.
  • Rhiannon Jones, Ngāti Kahungunu
    Rhiannon is a Professional Practice Fellow at the University of Otago, Wellington. Rhiannon has a background as a Dietitian with a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health specialising in Māori Health. Rhiannon teaches Hauora Māori to the 4th and 5th year medical students at UOW and is based in Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare.

Course cost and registration

$300 early bird, $400 after Tuesday 22 December 2020.

A 50% discount is available to full-time students, those unwaged and University of Otago staff.

Note COVID-19 contingency plan above. Any questions please see FAQ page or email