PHARMAC and Ngā Pou Mana (NPM) are calling for scholarship award nominations for Māori kaimahi, students and community members who have had a positive impact on whānau, hapū and iwi.
Dr Teah Carlson, Chairperson of NPM, says “the awards are to support Māori allied health workforce development, so that people can continue study, to grow professional and cultural practice. The awards will provide much needed tautoko and manaaki for Māori kaimahi to continue their ongoing development.”
Applications are open to members of Ngā Pou Mana who come from within the broad body of allied health – and are also open to those who may not be traditionally defined as allied health, but make a great contribution to hauora Māori.
Allied health professionals make up about a third of the health workforce. They include, amongst others - physiotherapists, occupational therapists, social workers, speech and language therapists, dietitians, podiatrists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, psychologists, counsellors, osteopaths, nutritionists, massage therapists and many more.
Dr Teah Carlson says “we recognise that the health workforce is changing with new professional roles such as Whānau Ora, the revitalisation of rongoā Māori practices, and Iwi and kaupapa Māori services. We have opened applications this year to whānau and community members, allowing grassroots mahi to be recognised and honoured that exists and remains outside of institutions and organisations.”
“We support kaupapa Māori ‘ways of being’ and believe they can transform the health system. We envision a system that is grounded in whanaungatanga – reciprocal, responsive relationships – that entail active collaboration, shared power, partnership, and deliberative engagement. This is the basis to the awards - supporting whānau to have choices where they determine their own health and wellbeing”.
PHARMAC’s Director Engagement and Implementation Alison Hill says, “having access to Māori health practitioners right across the health spectrum can help break down some of the barriers for whānau in accessing and using the medicines they need. We’re delighted to support the development of the Māori health workforce through this initiative.”
The awards will be presented at the Ngā Pou Mana Hui-ā-Tau in September in Tauranga this year.
About the awards
Ngā Taonga Mātauranga o Ngā Pou Mana awards will be offered in THREE categories.
Category One – Ngā Pou Mana Kete Tuauri mō te whānau - for community kaimahi $1,000
The Pou Mana kete that holds the knowledge of ritual, memory and prayer. This award is open to those working in the community (voluntary or paid) making a positive change in the area of hauora.
Category Two – Ngā Pou Mana Kete Aronui mō te tauira - for students $1,500
The Pou Mana kete that holds the knowledge that helps mankind. This award is open to those studying at any level (certificate, diploma, degree, postgraduate, masters, PhD or doctorate) in an allied health pathway.
Category Three – Ngā Pou Mana Mātauranga Māori $2,000
The Pou Mana award helps learning the knowledge of all things Māori.
This award is open to anyMāori Ngā Pou Mana members, who are entering into or are already in study to build their understanding of Te Ao Māori. Students do not have to be studying in an allied health pathway.
Nominations for the scholarship awards open on Tuesday the 18 June 2019 and people can find the applications and criteria below.
Applications close on the 1 September 2019.