Up to 50 surgeons and surgical Trainees of Māori, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island descent will converge on Auckland on 29-30 July to build ties and create a community for Indigenous surgeons.
The event, organised by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and funded by the Foundation for Surgery, will be held at Te Manukanuka o Hoturoa Marae, Auckland Airport.
It is part of a broader RACS initiative to increase diversity and build the workforce of Indigenous surgeons.
The hui will provide an important opportunity for whanaungatanga - building close connections.
This will be the first Indigenous surgeons hui since 2017 and the first time surgical Trainees will be present.
The hui boasts an impressive line-up of speakers including legendary Worimi surgeon Professor Kelvin Kong; public health academic and honorary RACS Fellow Professor Papaarangi Reid; Dr Maxine Ronald, past-Chair of RACS’ Indigenous Health Committee; and RACS’ Māori Trainee Liaison Lead Professor Jonathan Koea. There will also be a media training session and an opportunity for Trainees to talk about the issues closest to their hearts including what they most want from their surgical training.