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Significant Health Research Council grant for Waikato researcher

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The Health Research Council has awarded Dr Rawiri Keenan 2019 Career Development Awards.

Dr Keenanis looking at cultural competency and equity in primary care and has the Foxley Fellowship worth $224,727.

The research proposal says cultural competence is a skill and attitude essential to effective communication and therefore effective quality care. This is especially true in primary care/ general practice. All GP practices and staff in them have obligations for ongoing training and education in the areas of Cultural Competence and Treaty of Waitangi training. Additionally, all practices must have a Māori health plan. This project will review these activities reported on by GPs and practice staff as part of practice accreditation. It also looks at associated learning activities which form part of the GP training programme. Reviewing these activities will inform future recommendations on the training requirements of primary care teams.

Dr Keenan is also Pou Whirinaki with the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners, taking care of the pastoral support and recruitment for Māori doctors into and through their GP training.

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