25 Nov 2010

More Maori nurses wanted

2:46 pm on 25 November 2010

AUT University in Auckland is trying to encourage more Maori to take up nursing.

Nursing faculty joint head Anita Bamford-Wade says Maori have disproportionate health needs and Maori healthcare across the board would improve if there were more Maori health professionals.

Dr Bamford-Wade said many Maori women were discouraged from training as nurses because they started their families earlier.

She said AUT was concerned not only to boost the number of Maori who entered training but also the number who graduated.