Te Whare Taumata o Ngā Tauira Taiwhenua O Aotearoa provide a diverse, representative voice for students interested in improving health and wellbeing outcomes for all rural communities.
Our aim is to promote rural health careers to tertiary and pre-tertiary students expressing an interest in studying towards a career in rural health.
Our work involves engaging with schools, tertiary education institutions, rural communities, Māori communities, and the rural health workforce, to form important relationships for the benefit of current and future tertiary students.
We advocate for rural students, particularly rural Māori students, to ensure tertiary institutions continue to utilise policies and entry pathways that produce an equitable health workforce for current and future rural communities.
You do not need to be from a rural community to assist us in our mahi within Hauora Taiwhenua, just passionate in providing equitable health outcomes to rural communities by inspiring the next generation of health professionals.
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Kia ora, I grew up in rural Taupō and am currently in my third year of medicine at the University of Otago. I have a passion for promoting rural health and getting other students studying health related courses interested in working in rural communities.
Francis Bradley is a final year medical student at the University of Auckland currently based at Waikato Hospital. He is one of the four co-chairs on the Students of Rural Health Aotearoa (SoRHA) Open Governance Group, and is one of the Youth representatives in Te Rōpū Ārahi (TRĀ), the Tiriti partner to Hauora Taiwhenua Rural Health Network. He was invited to be a member of TRĀ by whaea Kāmiria Gosman and matua Bill Nathan in early 2019. Francis has been engaged with Grassroots Rural Health Club based in Auckland, previously serving as the Education Representative in 2018, co-developing the first noho marae experiences and engaging Māori medium schools in the growing Rural Health Careers Promotion programme.
Born and raised in Kaitāia, Francis firmly holds the values of fairness and service to community with a particular passion in addressing health inequities experienced by whānau Māori and rural communities. Over the summer of 21/22, he worked as a Covid vaccinator and currently works part time as a COVID-19 Case Investigator in the Waikato Public Health Unit. Francis is happily married and prioritises sharing time with those he loves.