Dr Elana Curtis

Elana Taipapaki Curtis (FNZCPHM, MD, MPH, MBChB) is a Māori (Te Arawa) public health medicine specialist. She is Co-Director of Taikura Consultants Ltd providing Māori health expertise and training to the health sector and is an Associate Professor in Māori Health at the University of Auckland leading an HRC national research project exploring non-COVID related Māori health inequities following pandemic management.
She has completed her Doctorate of Medicine (MD) focused on Indigenous health workforce development and has been involved in Kaupapa Māori Research (both quantitative and qualitative) investigating Indigenous and ethnic inequities within tertiary and health care contexts including: breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, emergency department care, racism within clinical decision making and cultural safety. She has multiple international and national awards including the Māori TV Matariki Te Tupu-ā-Rangi Award for Health and Science, the LIMELite Award for Excellence in Indigenous Health Education Research (Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education) and the Ako Aotearoa National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award (Kaupapa Māori Category). She is a Board member for the Auckland City Mission, Kaiārahi (Mentor) for the New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine and was a founding member of Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa (Māori Medical Practitioners Association). She is a proud Mum/Stepmum of Iritekura (12 years), Taipapaki (15 years) and Breezy (23 years).

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