TIME TO KŌRERO. Te reo! Give it a go

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TIME TO KŌRERO. Te reo! Give it a go

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New Zealand Doctor

Te tupuna from Manukanuka o Hoturoa marae in Auckland (Photo: Curtis Walker)
Te tupuna from Manukanuka o Hoturoa marae in Auckland (Photo: Curtis Walker)

It is Māori Language Week across the country this week. The theme this year is “Kia kaha te reo Māori”, meaning “Let’s make the Māori language strong”. Ruth Brown looks at what can be done to strengthen the use of te reo in general practice

Many doctors need to become more aware of data showing some people have worse outcomes than others, and the only difference is ethnicity – Andrew Conn, David_Tipene-Leach, Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa – Māori Medical Practitioners Association chair David Tipene-Leach says cultural competence has been around forever; the issue
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4. Pitama S, Ahuriri-Driscoll A, Huria T, et al. The value of te reo in primary health care. Journal of Primary Health Care 2011;3(2):123-127.