This Fund is dedicated to narrowing the equity gap within our healthcare workforce. It's a pressing issue as Pacific people face premature mortality, higher rates of chronic diseases, and their children experience the highest rate of hospitalisation for acute and chronic respiratory and infectious illnesses. Yet Pacific people make up a mere 6.7% of the country’s healthcare workforce.
The Fund supports graduates of the Pacific Health Science Academies, a unique educational pathway lead by FOU: the Future is Open to Us within South Auckland schools that guides students interested in healthcare as a career path. If offers financial and pastoral support to students graduating to tertiary study. Currently, there are 600 students studying in South Auckland’s Health Science Academies. We are committed to ensuring that every single one of them knows they have the support required to transition to tertiary education and into the Healthcare Workforce.
Scholarships from the Fund are distributed at the discretion of Academy teachers to students they know require financial assistance. These scholarships cover the first two years of tertiary study and are disbursed annually, contingent upon the student's return to their studies. The Fund also lends its support to FOU Tertiary (The Future is Ours) by providing pastoral care, extra tuition, and mentoring to students on placement at Middlemore Hospital.
With your help, we can work together to weave future pathways for our students who will go on to transform the health sector and change our community health outcomes for the better.
To really understand the impact of the Fund, we invite you to read the inspiring student stories below, Common themes include gratitude, service, family, and their drive to overcome inequity in healthcare.
Click on a photo to read more about our current scholars
Your $5000 investment in the Middlemore Foundation Pacific Workforce Development Fund supports one scholarship and empowers FOU Tertiary (The Future is Ours) to provide essential care and mentoring for students at Middlemore Hospital.
Every contribution, big or small, helps us increase Pacific representation in healthcare, transforming our communities for the better with each donation.