BHB MBChB MSc (Oxon.) PgDip FRACP
Dr Te Aro Moxon is a paediatrician who works to improve cultural safety, cultural competency, and understanding of Te Reo Māori in the health sector.
He has received a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Te Reo and Māori Studies. He then received a scholarship to study at Oxford University for a Master of Science in Global Health and Epidemiology, focusing on infectious and non-infectious diseases among worldwide populations.
He is a paediatrician in Waikato and is also a part-time senior lecturer at the University of Auckland. At the University, he works for Te Kupenga Hauora Māori (the Department of Māori Health) and the Department of Paediatrics, and he is committed to reducing health inequities for children and adults.
He has also conducted research regarding the importance of the correct pronunciation of patient names and the effect this has on the patient and whānau/family experience. He has also led a "Doctors teaching doctors the Māori language" programme at Waikato Hospital's paediatric department to improve staff confidence in pronouncing and using Māori words.
In 2022, Te Aro was recognised for excellence in teaching and operationalising Māori health equity by Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand. The award is given to those who excel in bedside teaching, clinics, tutorials, formal lectures, and practical skills that demonstrate patient and whānau-centered care and a commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Colleagues have noted that his ethics in mahi strongly support and contribute to Māori leadership.