How brick laying set the foundation for a career in medicine

26 May 2022

From a young age, Dr Tiwnini Hemi understood the meaning of hard work. Every weekend, school holidays, and most evenings, he and his four brothers built houses with their father, who was a brick layer by trade.

Everyone has a role in ensuring equitable health outcomes for Māori’

26 May 2022

Dr Maia Melbourne-Wilcox (Tūhoe) has recently been appointed to the role of Pou Whirinaki – a position that provides leadership, support, and Hauora Māori perspectives to the College. We had a chat with Maia to learn more about her background as a cl

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Dr Grahame Jelley wins Peter Snow Memorial Award

25 May 2021

College Fellow and Kerikeri GP, Dr Grahame Jelley, was awarded the Peter Snow Memorial Award at the National Rural Health Conference at Wairakei Resort in Taupō last month.

The Happy Tramper

18 May 2021

Rural Hospital Medicine registrar Dr Claire Richardson fancied seeing a bit of the country before beginning her training and walked the Te Araroa Trail, which is more than 3,000km from Cape Reinga down to Bluff!

Board election announcement

4 May 2021

The College is pleased to announce Dr Daniel McIntosh has been appointed to the College Board after a contested election process

Fighting COVID-19 with a vaccination plan

28 Apr 2021

College Fellow Dr Joe Bourne was one of the hundreds of frontline medical workers who responded to the threat of a global pandemic, in his role as incident controller for the Bay of Plenty (BOP) COVID-19 response.

General practice training the icing on the cake

18 Mar 2021

When Dr Pauline Teong started her undergraduate medical training in Singapore in 1995, there was a quota for women but not to ensure there was an equal gender mix, it was to limit the number of women doctors to a maximum of 30 trained a year.

Plain sailing for GP and family

18 Mar 2021

Dr Heather Burling became a GP because she and husband Richard wanted to have a family and a good work life balance.

Faculty Focus – Hawkes Bay

25 Feb 2021

Building relationships between primary and secondary health care practitioners is a key focus for the Hawkes Bay Faculty – and if that happens in a socially convivial atmosphere then so much the better!

Small, but mighty!

23 Feb 2021

If you thought all powerlifters were giant human specimens, with bulging muscles and the capacity to eat boiled chicken by the kilo, Karlina Tongotea is here to surprise you.

A baby, a medical degree, and now a seat on the Board

12 Feb 2021

The apprentice has become the master with the appointment of Dr Kiriana Bird (Ngāti Tukorehe, Ngāti Porou) to the College Board.

Access and equity key focus for new Clinical Lead

12 Feb 2021

A young Cathy Stephenson knew she wanted to make a difference in the world, and her new role as a College Clinical Lead will help her do just that!

Patients provide poetic inspiration

13 Nov 2020

College Fellow Dr Glenn Colquhoun is passionate about making connections with the young people he cares for, so much so his latest collection of poetry is dedicated to them.

Visionary doctor awarded top College honour

30 Oct 2020

Dr Graham McGeoch seems to have achieved an awful lot for someone who describes himself as ‘not a completer or finisher’.

Spirit of adventure leads to Distinguished Fellowship

27 Oct 2020

British GP Chris Reid has always had a passion for an adventurous life, so it was almost inevitable that his path would bring him to New Zealand.

Rural hospital doctor and high achiever

22 Oct 2020

Growing up in Tokoroa, Dr Caitlin Whitford knew that rural communities often don’t have the doctors they need and from day one at medical school, she aimed to fill that gap.

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Rural

Conference for junior doctors aims to build on bonds of shared experience

Ralston D’Souza, a rural registrar at Westend Medical Centre in Rotorua, is one of several junior doctors whose personal experience of residency motivated him to take action to bring his fellow residents closer together.

Introducing Dr Jennifer James – Chair of the Board of Studies

Dr Jenny James is originally from the UK, where she first discovered her love of rural medicine in Wick, a tiny place in the remote far North of Scotland.

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College

Greg Judkins poetry competition

The winners of the Greg Judkins prize for reflective poetry were announced, and their poems read out at GP22: the Conference for General Practice.

Health Reforms: Whose voices are being heard

The pitch for the new health reforms is that they will be less postcode lottery and more community focused. On paper, this sounds ideal, but as the panel of Dr Kyle Eggleton, Associate Professor Tristram Ingham, Dr Fiona Bolden and Dr Monica Liva dis

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Sector

Mental Health Awareness Week

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW).

Editorial: World Contraception Day

While contraceptive options and access have expanded for women globally during the past few decades, not all New Zealand women are reaping the benefits of what medicine has to offer.

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Clinical

John Campbell on the art of unravelling stories without unravelling yourself

Just like our membership of GPs and rural hospital doctors, John Campbell is an expert listener, so we invited him to speak at GP22: the Conference for General Practice

GP22: Two forward, two back

Two forward, two back presentations are short, four-minute insights given by an experienced GP, and a more-experienced GP – who each share their views on a chosen topic.

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Equity

Another layer of burnout for Māori and Pasifika GPs

Dr Api Talemaitoga is a self-confessed workaholic. “A lot of what nurtures and sustains me comes from our work,” he said during the Wellbeing and Burnout Panel at GP22: the Conference for General Practice.

Steering the waka towards more equitable outcomes

Although the Minister of Health Hon Andrew Little had his travel plans to conference skuppered by some outrageously strong Wellington winds, his messages during the opening address were clear; we are in the midst of a period of extraordinary pressure

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