CM Health Nurse awarded HRC fellowship

One of our very own Registered Nurses, Bobbie Pene  was recently awarded fully funded HRC Māori Health Clinical Training Fellowship for 36 months! 

The HRC funding will go towards Bobbie’s Ph.D. research in applying a Maaori-centred relational model to fundamental care.  To compliment her PhD research, Bobbie has commenced the role of Nurse Consultant Cultural Safety in Practice. 

“As an introvert, you always doubt yourself and your ability. I felt vulnerable applying for the funding so to get it is very validating,” Bobbie says. 

Bobbie completed a Bachelor of Health Science at Manukau Institute of Technology in 2001 and has been with Counties Manukau Health since graduation.  She attained a taught Master of Nursing with honours at the University of Auckland, and a Certificate of Proficiency in Research that explored Māori experience of health care delivery at Counties Manukau Health. 

As a person of Maaori and Pakeha descent, Maaori focused research has allowed Bobbie to connect with Maaoritanga, and she is proud to be acknowledged with this award to expand her maatauranga.

 “I believe navigating two worlds as Maaori and Pakeha has allowed me to be more open to, and respect the diversity in worldviews we have in our community” she says. 

This kaupapa will be undertaken with the academic and cultural support of the University of Auckland and Dr Jenny Parr, Chief Nurse and Director of Patient and Whaanau Experience. 

“Making connections and developing relationships is important to Maaori, and I hope to develop a framework for engaging with our patients and their whaanau that is underpinned by Maaori concepts of such as whakawhanaungatanga, whanaungatanga and our organisations’ core values.” 

“If we want to serve our community then we have to understand their needs,which is why we need to do the research, then we need to take action,” she says.

 Dedicated to making a difference in Maaori health outcomes, Bobbie believes changing how Māori experience health care delivery critical to being responsive to te Tiriti o Waitangi. 

Bobbie hopes this research will contribute to making a significant difference to how Māori patients and their whanau experience health care at Counties Manukau Health. 

Ka Mau te wehi Bobbie, we’re right behind you!


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