You can be part of the solution to improving Māori health outcomes.


I'm Dr Elana Curtis


Ko Matawhaura te maunga kohatu

Ko Te Rotoiti-i-kite-ā-Ihenga te moana

Ko Ngāti Rongomai rāua ko Ngāti Pikiao ōku hapū

He uri tēnei o Te Arawa

Tihei Mauriora!

I was 10 years old when I decided I wanted to become a Māori doctor. Since then, I've  specialised in Public Health Medicine and had an extensive academic career as an Associate Professor teaching, researching and advocating for Māori health. I'm now ready to share my knowledge with as many people as possible. I'm very excited to present my first online course that aims to provide health workers with the basics.

Join with me as I help you learn the importance of being culturally-safe, Treaty compliant, pro-Equity and antiracist!

Online Course

Introduction to Māori Health

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of learning.
**Endorsed by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP)

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Introduction to Māori Health

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Māori Public Health Peer Review

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Elana's awards

LIME Life award 2023

Māori TV Matariki Te Tupu-ā-Rangi Award for Health and Science - 2017

LIMELite Award for Excellence in Indigenous Health Education Research (Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education) - 2017

Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award (Kaupapa Māori Category), Ako Aotearoa - 2015

University of Auckland Teaching Excellence Award for Innovation in Teaching - 2014

Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences Butland Award for Innovation in Teaching - 2014


Elana's Academic Articles - a selection

CURTIS, E., JONES, R., WILLING, E. et al. (2023). Indigenous adaptation of a model for understanding the determinants of ethnic health inequities. Discov Soc Sci Health 3, 10, https://doi.org/10.1007/s44155-023-00040-6

CURTIS, E., JONES, R., TIPENE-LEACH, D. et al. (2019). Why cultural safety rather than cultural competency is required to achieve health equity: a literature review and recommended definition. Int J Equity Health (2019) 18: 174. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12939-019-1082-3

CURTIS, E. (2016). “Indigenous positioning in health research: The importance of Kaupapa Māori Theory informed practice” to ALTERNative.12 (4).

CURTIS, E., PAINE, S.-J., JIANG, Y., JONES, P., TOMASH, I., HEALEY, O. and REID, P. (2022), Examining emergency department inequities in Aotearoa New Zealand: Findings from a national retrospective observational study examining Indigenous emergency care outcomes. Emergency Medicine Australasia, 34: 16-23. https://doi.org/10.1111/1742-6723.13876

CURTIS, E., WIKAIRE, E., JIANG, Y., MCMILLAN, L., LOTO, R., POOLE, P., BARROW, M., BAGG, W., REID, P. (2017). Examining the predictors of academic outcomes for indigenous Māori, Pacific and rural students admitted into medicine via two equity pathways: a retrospective observational study at the University of Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand. BMJ open, 7(8), e017276.

REID, M. J., PAINE, S. J., CURTIS, E., et. al. (2017). Achieving health equity in Aotearoa: strengthening responsiveness to Māori in health research. New Zealand Medical Journal 130(1465):96-103

CURTIS, E., LORING, B., LATHAM, K., et. al (2024). An innovative Indigenous-led model for integrated COVID-19 case management in Auckland, New Zealand: lessons from implementation. Frontiers in Public Health, 12 10.3389/fpubh.2024.1324239

Elana's qualifications 

2017 - Doctorate of Medicine (University of Auckland)

2008 - Fellowship of the New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine

2003 - Master of Public Health (with Distinction), University of Otago

2001- Postgraduate Diploma of Public Health (with Distinction), University of Otago

1996 - Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, University of Auckland

1993 - Bachelor of Human Biology, University of Auckland 


"I just wanted to say that I really enjoyed your presentation and there were definitely a few 'aha" moments!"

-Dr Mary Seddon

"We were fortunate enough to have Dr Elana Curtis facilitate a workshop for our team who all work in Māori Health.  It gave us a safe space as a team to unpack issues we experience working in a large mainstream organisation, toward practical solutions.  The session was expertly facilitated by Dr Curtis.  We really appreciated her direct and to the point facilitation style, challenging us to step up, speak up, and to have the hard conversations."

- Delanie Nepia (Service Manager, Te Kāhui Hauora, Māori Health, Counties Manukau District )

"...attended your course on Monday and highly recommended you and your services/Kaupapa in highlighting and addressing Equity." 

- Jill Cotter