In 2012, there were 77,929  students studying in tertiary institutions in New Zealand. Of these, 12,116 (15.5%) students were enrolled in health-related subjects  with 2285 (18.9%) students completing their health-related qualification in that year.
Studying health-related subjects is necessary for Māori students wanting to become health professionals such as doctors, nurses, midwives, dentists, physiotherapists and public health workers. These health professionals are vital to providing appropriate care to Māori individuals, their whānau and all New Zealanders.
Students who do well at school will often go straight into a bachelors study programme. Certificate and diploma programmes can be used to gain entry into a bachelors study programmes or for careers such as community health workers. Certificate and diploma programmes can also be used by those who left school without school qualifications but want to study to be health professionals.
Monitoring the participation and completion of Māori students enrolled in health-related subjects is useful to determine the number of Māori students better placing themselves for future careers as Māori health professionals.
The spreadsheet contains the following information:
- Contents: provides a list of contents and hyperlinks links to all the following information.
- Definitions and Statistical Notes: provides information on definitions and statistical notes used in this analysis.
- Health Related Subjects by all Levels – data: data showing Māori and non-Māori domestic tertiary students’ participation and completion in a health-related subject by level, 2008 to 2012.
- Health Related Subjects by Subject – data: data showing Māori and non-Māori domestic tertiary students enrolled in a health-related subject, participation and completion by subject, 2008 to 2012.
- Participation Analysis: key findings of Māori and non-Māori domestic tertiary students’ participation in a health-related subject, 2008 to 2012.
- Completion Analysis: key findings of Māori and non-Māori domestic tertiary students’ completion in a health-related subject, 2008 to 2012.
- Level Analysis: key findings and charts of Māori and non-Māori domestic tertiary students’ participation and completion in a health-related subject by level, 2012.
- Subject Analysis: key findings and charts of Māori and non-Māori domestic tertiary students’ participation and completion in a health-related subject by subject, 2012.
- Total Number of Students by Level of Study, 2008 to 2012: data showing the total number of Māori and non-Māori domestic students by level of study, 2008 to 2012.
- Other Useful Resources: a list of websites where other useful education information can be obtained.
1. Domestic students are:–
New Zealand citizens including those born in the Cook Islands, Tokelau and Niue.
New Zealand permanent residents.
Citizens of Australia residing in New Zealand.
Dependent children of:–
– diplomatic staff
– persons with New Zealand work permits
– persons with Commonwealth scholarships
– and foreign students who are enrolled in any Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme at a New Zealand university.
2. Health-related Subjects are:
Those subjects in the New Zealand Standard Classification of Education (NZSCED) for Health (excluding Veterinary Studies). Those subjects are Medical Studies, Nursing, Pharmacy, Dental Studies, Optical Science, Public Health, Radiography, Rehabilitation Therapies, Complementary Therapies, and Health (N.E.C., mixed or N.F.D.)
See Definitions and Statistical Notes (in the spreadsheet) for more details.