Undergraduate inter-professional learning involving pharmacy, nursingand medical students: The Maori health week initiative
Keywords:Experiential, indigenous health, inter-professional, Maori health, multidisciplinary, undergraduate
AbstractPreparing health professionals in New Zealand requires an understanding of the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and of the cultural needs and common illnesses of the Maori people. Inter-professional learning between pharmacy, nursing and medical students was incorporated into the undergraduate curricula at second-year level at the University of Auckland in 2002.Learning about Maori health is achieved through group work, with each mixed-discipline group of 12 students researching one health issue that is prevalent among the Maori, such as diabetes. Maori cultural advisors play a key role in conductingsessions of Te Reo, where they teach simple conversational Maori greetings and traditional songs and introduce cultural concepts. On the final day of the programme, each group presents a poster with their findings and recommendations to fellowstudents and assessors. Nursing students gave more positive feedback than pharmacy or medical students, and evaluation of the inter-professional programme was overwhelmingly favourable.
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