Māori Health


Find a surgeon

The Find a Surgeon directory is a listing of active Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons who meet the requirements of the College's Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program and have opted to be on the list. This list excludes retired or inactive Fellows.


Māori Health

The College recognises that Māori people are over-represented in the poor determinants of health. While the Treaty of Waitangi enshrined the rights of Indigenous New Zealanders in 1840 there have nevertheless been cultural, social and economic barriers to advancements in Māori health.


The RACS Māori Health Action Plan 2016-8 outlines a range of strategies to:

  • increase the Māori surgical workforce,
  • improve the cultural competence of our current workforce, and
  • advocate for equity of health outcomes for all the people of New Zealand.

The plan acknowledges the diversity in Māori cultures, languages and spiritual beliefs and their connections to health and well-being.


The RACS Māori Health Medal is an annual award to acknowledge significant contributions by Fellows to Indigenous health advocacy and health outcomes in New Zealand. Applications for 2018 are now closed.

The Foundation for Surgery Māori ASC Award is available to New Zealand Indigenous medical students and doctors with an interest in surgery to attend the College's Annual Scientific Congress (ASC). Applications for 2019 are now open.


RACS and the Foundation for Surgery are pleased to announce a new Career Enhancement Scholarship program for Māori  medical students and junior doctors. The scholarships aim to support eligible applicants in the acquisition of new knowledge and skills which strengthen their career portfolios.

RACS Career Enhancement Scholarships for Māori Medical StudentsApplications for 2019 are now open.

RACS Career Enhancement Scholarships for Māori Junior Doctors. Applications for 2019 are now open.

SET Scholarships for Māori SET Trainees - Applications for 2018 now closed.

Download the Indigenous Scholarships brochure (PDF 5MB)

In the news

Dr Maxine Roland talks to @waateanews about support for Māori doctors interested in surgical training at the Annual Scientic Congress in Brisbane 2016.

Surgeon hopes success will encourage young Māori (opens in new window)
Associate Professor Jonathan Koea, Te Ātiawa and Ngāti Mutunga, was recently recognised for his contribution to Māori health with an Indigenous Health Medal from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons at its conference in Perth 2015.

Donate to the Foundation for Surgery

The Foundation for Surgery supports the increase of Māori surgeons by providing scholarships and funding other related projects.

If you would like to support this important work please donate today.