30 Aug 2012

Students encouraged to consider medical career

8:38 am on 30 August 2012

Northland secondary students are invited to a doctors' conference this weekin the hope it will encourage some of them to pursue a career in medicine.

The annual Maori Medical Practitioners' Association conference is being held in Northland for the first time since the group was formed some 15 years ago.

Local GP Lance O'Sullivan says the students he has spoken to are very enthusiastic about the opportunity.

Dr O'Sullivan says the conference will focus on how Maori doctors can support each other to stay well, so they can continue helping their communities.

He says some are suffering from burnout due to the demands of the job and their roles as community leaders.

About 150 health care providers will attend the conference held at Korou Kore Marae at Ahipara from Thursday to Sunday.