In response to an pressing want inside New Zealand’s well being sector to have a ‘by Pacific for Pacific’ strategy to enhance spiralling statistics, Whitireia Group Polytechnic has appointed a brand new programme supervisor to steer its Bachelor of Nursing – Pacific – programme. That is the primary time an individual of Pacific descent has led the programme since its inception in 2004.
Tania Mullane, of Fiji and Tongan heritage, has joined Whitireia to tackle this thrilling place, which strikes from the College of Well being and Social Sciences at Whitireia to take a seat throughout the Pacific Technique Group, reporting on to the organisation’s Chief Advisor Pacific Technique, Jean Mitaera.
“By bringing somebody like Tania into our educating fanau, we’re responding to the well being sector’s dire want for constructing the Pacific well being workforce,” says Jean. “Tania is our first Pacific programme supervisor for this nursing programme and it marks an vital step ahead for Pacific management at Whitireia. Tania represents an ideal mix of medical and tutorial expertise with an acceptable cultural background.”.
Commenting on her new position, Tania mentioned: “There are a rising variety of Pacific individuals who come from combined descent, and as I actually am a girl of various Pacific heritage, I perceive the journey of self discovery that determines most of our learners,” says Tania. “I’m actually excited that Whitireia recognises the necessity for a programme as vital as nursing to have the curriculum enveloped in Pacific tradition and methods.
“For me, what’s on the core of any educating success is knowing who the learner is, and on this case, additionally who the end-service consumer – or affected person – is,” says Tania.
Tania began her profession as a group Plunket nurse, has a nursing diploma, and hung out in tutorial roles at Toi Ohomai Institute of Expertise (beforehand Waiariki) and Manukau Institute of Expertise. Most just lately, Tania has been main workforce improvement at Auckland South Corrections Facility.
“In mid-September the Nursing Council of New Zealand will meet with us to evaluate the brand new Bachelor of Nursing Pacific curriculum, which has meant that Tania has needed to rapidly have interaction with key stakeholders, help the refinement of the curriculum and develop skilled relationships together with her educating workforce and colleagues throughout the wider Whitireia College of Well being and Social Companies,” says Jean.
“Whereas there was a rise in culturally particular educating and studying throughout all ranges, we’d like extra of it to make sure higher outcomes for our Pacific college students, households and communities,” says Jean. “I’m very excited that Tania will be a part of rising this efficient workforce, particularly within the well being sector – the place Pacific persons are over represented on the detrimental finish of the statistics.”