Mentoring important to Maori doctors’ careers

NZ researchers analysed results from 200 GPs, paediatricians and physicians as part of a study investigating why more Maori don’t take up specialties.

With 15% of the population being Maori while only 2.8% of doctors are Maori, encouraging more indigenous participation in the health workforce could better reflect the increased health burden these communities experience, the researchers said.

Responses to the survey also highlighted that doctors perceived long hours and poor work/family balance as the biggest negative influences on their participation in the health workforce.