Kawau Bay Health

Address:11 Alnwick Street
Warkworth
Phone: 09 425 1199

Teachers: Dr Warwick Palmer and Dr Kate Baddock

"Teachers: Warwick Palmer and Kate Baddock
Warwick is one of five principals in the practice. He graduated in 1979, was a registrar and sat Primex in 1982 having done three months during that year at the Warkworth Medical Centre. He went into general practice in 1983, commencing practice in Warkworth in 1984. The practice has had a very long association with registrars since the inception of the programme and Warwick has been a teacher since 1995. Special areas of interest include trauma, emergency medicine, geriatrics and men's health.
Kate is also a principal. She graduated in 1981 and spent four years overseas, primarily in the United Kingdom, between 1983 and 1988. During that time she obtained the Certificate of Prescribed/Equivalent Experience (the English equivalent of the postgraduate training for General Practice which includes the trainee [registrar] year), and sat the Royal College of GP exams to obtain membership (1987 and 1986).
After her return, having done intensive Family Planning for some months, she joined the practice in Warkworth in May 1988. It was possible to cross-credit some of the training requirements for the RNZCGP and Kate obtained membership for the RNZCGP in 1994. She has been a teacher, together with Warwick, since 1995 and her special interests include paediatrics, internal medicine, sports and trauma medicine and women's health.
Outside of work, Warwick particularly enjoys his family (he is married with two children), boating, classical music, skiing (both snow and water) and animals on their five acre block.
Kate has three daughters and a husband, and when not working, loves skiing, sailing, and a good book. Kate is also actively involved in the governance of Primary Care Services in the area, as Deputy Chairp of Waitemata PHO. See www.waitematapho.org.nz
Both Kate and Warwick are Primex examiners.
A particular pleasure of registrar interaction and education is integrating them into the life and style of our rural general practice with some exposure to our family lives as an integral part of the registrar's wider education.
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Warwick is one of five principals in the practice. He graduated in 1979, was a registrar and sat Primex in 1982 having done three months during that year at the Warkworth Medical Centre. He went into general practice in 1983, commencing practice in Warkworth in 1984. The practice has had a very long association with registrars since the inception of the programme and Warwick has been a teacher since 1995. Special areas of interest include trauma, emergency medicine, geriatrics and men's health.

Kate is also a principal. She graduated in 1981 and spent four years overseas, primarily in the United Kingdom, between 1983 and 1988. During that time she obtained the Certificate of Prescribed/Equivalent Experience (the English equivalent of the postgraduate training for General Practice which includes the trainee [registrar] year), and sat the Royal College of GP exams to obtain membership (1987 and 1986).

After her return, having done intensive Family Planning for some months, she joined the practice in Warkworth in May 1988. It was possible to cross-credit some of the training requirements for the RNZCGP and Kate obtained membership for the RNZCGP in 1994. She has been a teacher, together with Warwick, since 1995 and her special interests include paediatrics, internal medicine, sports and trauma medicine and women's health.

Outside of work, Warwick particularly enjoys his family (he is married with two children), boating, classical music, skiing (both snow and water) and animals on their five acre block.

Kate has three daughters and a husband, and when not working, loves skiing, sailing, and a good book. Kate is also actively involved in the governance of Primary Care Services in the area, as Deputy Chairp of Waitemata PHO. See www.waitematapho.org.nz

Both Kate and Warwick are Primex examiners.

A particular pleasure of registrar interaction and education is integrating them into the life and style of our rural general practice with some exposure to our family lives as an integral part of the registrar's wider education.

The Practice

Kawau Bay Health is based around the towns of Warkworth and Snells Beach and serves rural and coastal areas extending to the Dome Valley in the north, Puhoi in the south, Takatu Peninsular and Mahurangi Harbour, Leigh and Pakiri to the east and the Kaipara Harbour to the west.

The Practice operates two facilities – Warkworth Health & Medical Centre and Snells Beach Medical Centre.  It is a five partner practice - Drs Warwick Palmer, Kate Baddock, Stephen Barker, Bruce Sutherland & Clinton Anderson.   

Kawau Bay Health is a rural general medical practice, a member of the Primary Health Organisation, Waitemata PHO, and the Independent Practitioners Association (IPA), Comprehensive Health Services Ltd.  The Practice receives Very Low Cost Access bulk funding for our registered population.  Kawau Bay Health has in excess of 9,800 enrolled patients.  In addition, around 2700 casual visitors are accommodated, per year. 

7% of our population is under the age of 6 years, 15% in the 6-17 age band, 7% in the 18-24 age band, 20% aged 25-44, 28% aged 45-64 and 23% in the 65+ group. 

46% qualify for community services or high user health cards. 

Rodney District is not as ethnically diverse as some other Auckland areas with 84% of the population being of European extraction, 8.3% Maori, 1.2% Pacific and 2% Asian (2001 Census).  Kawau Bay Health patients identifying as NZ Maori represent 4% of the enrolled population.

The Practice operates from 8 am until 5.30 pm Monday to Friday.  After Hours services are provided via evening clinics, 5.30 – 8 pm and Saturday morning clinics, shared with Kowhai Surgery.  There are currently nine doctors sharing this roster. 

Outside of these hours, patients are connected in the first instance to a nurse triage service with Doctors being available at Wellsford Medical Centre 24/7 or  Coast Care Hibiscus Coast in Red Beach until 10 pm or Shorecare in Takapuna 27/7.

The practice uses a computerised patient management system (MedTech 32) with a decreasing dependence on paper records.   Broadband access to HealthLink, email and internet is available and most forms including ACC and work and Income are now completed on line. 

The practice provides much of the A & E service in the area with the nearest acute hospital being 45-60 minutes away, by road.  Trauma from industrial and recreational accidents and to a lesser extent road traffic accidents, make up a significant part of our work.  There is one ambulance based in the area, and use is made of the rescue helicopter service.  Two local volunteer fire services also provide first response care as required.  Nurse clinics are provided for diabetes, asthma, COPD and smoking cessation management.  These initiatives are supported by PHO staff and funding.

The practice employs a Practice Manager, Secretary, Administrator, Nurse Team Leader, 4 Associate GP's plus a team of Nurses, Healthcare Assistants and Receptionists. 

Our practice is a Training Practice and has welcomed junior doctors and registrars since the inception of the GP training programmes plus providing placement for 4th and 6th year (trainee interns) medical students.  

The trainees become an integral part of our team and we believe the programme provides a mutual learning experience for us all.  By giving each trainee time at both Warkworth and Snells Beach clinics we are able to offer maximum diversity and experience.  

Profile updated 30 September 2013