Mentoring through equity lens

What motivates Maori and Pacific medical students to become doctors? That was the focus of Dr Mataroria Lyndon’s Ph.D. thesis completed under the supervision of Professor Andrew Hill and something that Andrew remembers in his mentoring of young doctors.

Mataroria has recently been selected as a board member of the Māori Health Authority and Andrew is very proud of his past supervisee’s accomplishments.

"These doctors are out there doing great things,” he says.

Andrew has a passion for mentoring young doctors and helping them achieve success and he sure has enough experience to do so.  

His impressive resume features countless awards and accolades and with over 300 peer reviewed papers to his name. He is also a General and Colorectal Surgeon at Counties Manukau Health and runs an internationally recognised research group in peri-operative care here.

Evidence shows that students who are mentored do better than those who aren’t.

“Unfortunately, Maaori and Pacific doctors can find it hard to find Maaori and Pacific supervisors and so I found myself in this space. 

“If I can’t help them with certain kaupapa then I put them in contact with someone who can. I’ve learnt more from them than they have learnt from me. They have given me a very different understanding of Aotearoa/New Zealand.” says Andrew.

Andrew has worked with and mentored many Maaori and Pacific doctors over the years including at Middlemore Hospital, like Marinus Stowers, Daniel Lemanu, Orthopedic Registrar and Wiremu MacFater, ORL Registrar.

“I have the opportunity to get to know them and help them to be the best they can be, guiding them through their career path and finding the right place and fit for them based on their unique skills and strengths.”

It is great to see the valuable work happening here at CM Health around strengthening and developing our Maaori and Pacific workforce, which is essential in reaching our diverse community and helping eliminate health inequities.

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