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Fund aims to boost Maori surgeons

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 4/05/2016

A new scholarship has been set up in the hopes of reducing a huge shortage in the number of Maori surgeons across the country.

Currently of 800 practising surgeons in New Zealand, fewer than 10 of Maori descent are registered as Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

That figure has prompted the organisation and health care company Johnson and Johnson to set up a scholarship to help Maori doctors continue their training as surgeons.

The one-year, $20,000 scholarship will be open to medical trainees who are members of Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa, the Maori Medical Practitioners Association.

RACS president David Watters said the organisation had committed to addressing the gaps in career opportunities for Maori and the scholarship would be part of that.

Similar scholarships are also being offered in Australia for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander doctors.

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