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,
- advocate for equity of health outcomes for all the people of
The plan acknowledges the diversity in Māori cultures, languages
and spiritual beliefs and their connections to health and
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
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
Students. Applications for 2019 are now
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
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
If you would like to support this important work please donate today.