Dr Rachelle Love
Otolaryngologist, Head and Neck Surgeon, Canterbury DHB, Christchurch, NZ
Dr Love is an ENT surgeon with fellowship training in Sleep Surgery. A self-proclaimed “Board Junkie”, she is an elected member of the National Board of RACS, a member of the Māori Health Advisory Group in RACS, the Specialist Council for the New Zealand Medical Association and the Australasian Sleep Association. She is part of a multi-national research group in sleep medicine and surgery. Her Māori health focus has been around developing standards in cultural competency and cultural safety in surgery.
RACS Maori Health Action Plan
The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons strongly supports equity for Māori with the development of the Māori Health Action Plan by the Māori Health Advisory Group. RACS advocates for “a surgical workforce that values cultural diversity and cultural competence and is representative of Māori within Aotearoa society”. The Action plan reflects on the key areas where change is required and outlines strategies to address these. The Māori Health Action Plan is currently been revised, with widespread community consultation, and so the talk will provide the opportunity for interaction from the audience.