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Maddie Mason
Ngāti Awa, Ngāpuhi

Bachelor of Health Sciences Māori (Nursing)

Background Summary:

I’ve worked in community health for about seven years and have a diploma in enrolled nursing.  I joined this degree programme to further my studies, especially in indigenous healthcare. The programme has reinforced a lot of my experience in terms of the structure, policies and procedures and has also provided a unique focus on tikanga hau ora me tōna reo.

The Māori focus is the point of difference – not only what I’m learning but how I’m learning. Being in an environment where I’m comfortable and supported, and understanding the needs of our people makes a difference. It makes you more aware of healthcare needs at a multi-cultural level. In our society we have many different indigenous peoples, and this course has really helped me look at catering for all people entering the healthcare system.

Clinical practice is an important component of the programme. Learning within the class environment and then practising it in the community strengthens your ability and knowledge. We have weekly clinical practice, and I’ve just been in placement in the surgical ward for five weeks. Awanuiārangi ensures you have peer support during placements, and that is vital.  In practice we will work as a team, so learning to work as a team while training is key.

Maddie Mason was awarded the Eastern Bay Primary Health Janet Maloney Scholarship.