2022 College Awards

Congratulations to the 2022 College award winners who were announced at GP22: The Conference for General Practice on Saturday 23 July 2022.

Distinguished Fellowship of the College

Dr Kiriana Bird, Hawke's Bay

Dr Kiriana Bird (Ngāti Tukorehe, Ngāti Porou) is a GP dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of Māori living in the Ngati Kahungunu region by providing a whanau ora centred model of care. 

She is the Medical Director for Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga (TTOH) in Hastings where she has led changes to the way services are provided, strengthened relationships, enhanced the kaupapa Māori approach, and built strong, resilient teams who are culturally able to support self-determination for Māori. 

Dr Lauren McGifford, Christchurch

Dr McGifford served on the College Board for six years, and since 2011 she has been the lead Medical Educator for Canterbury-based registrars who are in their first year of study to become specialist general practitioners. 

During her time as a Medical Educator, Dr McGifford has had to steer registrars through some very challenging times and experiences, including the Canterbury earthquakes, Christchurch Mosque shootings, and the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Dr Sean Hanna. Wellington

For more than two decades, Dr Hanna has worked as a specialist general practitioner in Takapūwāhia Porirua, a predominantly Ngāti Toa Rangatira community just north of Wellington.

In 2003 he helped to establish Wellington’s Youth Service, Evolve, which is a Youth One Stop Shop (YOSS) delivering free primary healthcare and social support services to around 4,000 young people aged between 10 and 24-years-old in the Wellington region.  This year he has been involved in establishing another YOSS in Porirua (The 502, Rangatahi Ora) and for 20 years has held a weekly clinic at He Huarahi Tamariki, a school for teenage parents in Porirua.

Dr Peter Moodie, Wellington

Despite retiring from practice in 2019, Dr Moodie answered the call of The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioner’s Medical Director Dr Bryan Betty and agreed to take up the role of clinical advisor to answer College members’ COVID-19 questions as we headed into lockdowns and faced a lot of uncertainty around the virus. 

To recognise his career that spans over four decades, and to acknowledge his work for the College during the pandemic, Dr Moodie has been awarded Distinguished Fellowship, the College’s top honour, at GP22: the Conference for General Practice. 

Dr Janine Bycroft, Auckland

Dr Bycroft is a specialist general practitioner based in Auckland, and also the founder and CEO of Health Navigator NZ, a popular online health resource for GPs and the public to find reliable and trustworthy health information and resources. 

Not surprisingly, Dr Bycroft’s areas of interest include collaborative care, self-management support, digital health and health literacy, and she regularly shares her knowledge and research through presentations at a regional and national level.

Distinguished Fellowship of the Division

Dr Jeremy Webber, Taupō

Since 2016 Dr Webber has been working on the frontline at Taupō Hospital, and in 2021 began a new role as the Clinical Director of the NZ Rural Network where he advocates for the rural hospital workforce.  
 
He is dedicated to improving health equity and was also the first Rural Hospital Medicine graduate of the Division’s training programme. Closer to home, Dr Webber has been involved in the development of the rural health strategy, which will help to inform the overall strategy being put in place by Te Whatu Ora, Health NZ. 
 

President's Service Medal

Dr Joan Allardyce, Christchurch 

Dr Allardyce is the Medical Director at University of Canterbury Health Centre, and through this work delivers healthcare for the whole campus community.

She has been an early adopter of Cornerstone, the College’s programme that allows general practices to demonstrate their continuous commitment to improving patient safety and care, as well as a safe and efficient workplace, and Health Care Homes, a model of care designed to improve the sustainability of services for patients and general practice staff.  

Dr Martin Wilson, Christchurch

Dr Wilson is a general practitioner with over 30 years’ experience and has been the Clinical Leader at Pegasus Health for 20 years.
 
Dr Wilson and was the inspiration behind the HealthOne programme that began in Christchurch and now encompasses the whole of the South Island. The programme connects primary and secondary sources of data for patients around prescribed and dispensed medicines, laboratory and radiology results, and other important health information. The programme improves access of patient health information for health care professionals which is a crucial aspect to the general practice workforce. 
 

Dr David Broad, Feilding 

Based in Feilding in the Manawatu, Dr Broad has been teaching the College’s GPEP registrars for over 30 years - assisting nearly 50 registrars over this time. His teaching style is very collaborative, and he is known for providing honest and constructive feedback.  

Dr Broad shows a passion for health equity and is constantly learning new ways to improve his equitable practices including learning Te Reo.  There are countless examples of Dr Broad’s diagnostic detective work and research to discover pathologies and he even had a haematological condition named on his behalf.  

Dr Rachel Thomson, East Coast

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr Thomson (Te Whānau-ā-Apanui) has been an outstanding leader for her iwi, extending her support to neighbouring iwi who are rural and isolated by providing frequent online and in person communication and clinical support for very remote populations around the East Coast.  

For the College, Dr Thomson is a long-standing Medical Educator and has been extensively involved in the recent curriculum review and ensuring Māori health is taught and examined as registrars train to become general practitioners.  

 

Dr Vicki Macfarlane, Auckland 

Dr Macfarlane has been a general practitioner for three decades and has developed a special interest in the management of people with addictions. She has worked for the Community Alcohol and Drug Services Auckland (CADS) since 2010, where she is the Lead Clinician for the Medical Detoxification Service. Here she provides clinical leadership to inpatients and community detoxification services.  

Within this role, Dr Macfarlane contributes to education and peer review, research, development of guidelines, webinars and presentations, and primary and secondary care interactions. She is a well-known researcher in her field and is often called on for expert advice. 



Community Service Medal

Dr Chris Fawcett, Kāpiti

Dr Chris Fawcett is the medical director at Paraparaumu’s Hora Te Pai Health Services and the Kāpiti Health Network clinical lead and is a previous medical director for Te Ora Compass Health. He has been a general practitioner, working in the Kāpiti Coast for over 30 years. 

For the College he is an active Medical Educator and teacher for registrars who are training to become specialist general practitioners.  

Dr David Werry, Wellington

Dr David Werry is due to retire after more than 30 years working as a general practitioner in Wellington’s Island Bay community. 

Dr Werry is the inaugural member of the Wellington Accident and Urgent Medical Centre Board. Better known as the Wellington After Hours clinic in Newtown, it was set up over 25 years ago and provides essential after-hours care for Wellingtonians and is owned and operated by Wellington GPs. Dr Werry is also a board member of Mary Potter Hospice.

Dr Gayle O’Duffy, Canterbury 

Dr O’Duffy, originally from Queensland, Australia, has been a rural general practitioner at Methven Medical Centre for over 30 years.  

Dr O’Duffy has been a teacher for those who are on their journey to become a general practitioner or rural hospital doctor and established a remote rural peer group which is still going strong today for rural GPs in the South Canterbury region. 

Outside of the consultation room, Dr O’Duffy has previously held long-serving leadership roles at Pegasus Health Primary Health Organisation (PHO).   

Dr Matire Harwood, South Auckland

Dr Harwood has a passion for improving Māori health and reducing health inequities. She does this by working as a general practitioner at Papakura Marae Health Clinic in South Auckland and as a Senior Lecturer in Māori Health at the University of Auckland where she teaches students and acts as a supervisor for Māori doctoral students. 

Dr Harwood's interests have also led her to undertake medical research on asthma, heart disease and diabetes. 

Dr Jessica Sterenborg, Marlborough

Specialist general practitioner Dr Jessica Sterenborg  established a digital platform that connects all Marlborough general practitioners and has worked hard to forge links between local primary (community) and secondary (hospital) care.

Within her community Dr Sterenborg leads the local refugee resettlement programme and took on a major role in monitoring the thousands of unregistered patients in the Marlborough region who contracted COVID-19.

Dr Fiona Whitworth, Waikato


As Chair of Waikato Faculty Fiona has led and supported several initiatives, including the establishment of an annual educational symposium in the Bay of Plenty, Ka Hono, a mentoring programme for GPs and local awards for the GPEP1 audit. Through her roles in Registrar education and assessment she often goes above and beyond to support the next generation of GP's and the GP trainers. She has been a general practitioner for over 20 years, initially training and working in the UK before relocating to New Zealand.

Division Honorary Fellowship

Hone Taimona and Marara Rogers-Koroheke

Based in Hokianga in the far North, Marara and Hone’s achievements through Hauora Hokianga (Hokianga Health) a Māori Health provider which includes the Hokianga hospital at Rawene, extend to local, regional and national education institutions.

Since 2006 Marara and Hone have been involved in the Hauora Māori education of rural General Practice and Rural Hospital Medicine trainees, through the rural post-graduate University of Otago papers. As part of their role, they lead the four-day noho marae for the rural trainees.


College Honorary Fellowship

Dr Ashley Bloomfield, Wellington

Dr Bloomfield was nominated by a member of the College for “his tireless work as the Director General of Health using evidence-based decision-making to inform Government.  

“He has communicated with vulnerability, honesty, compassion, and logic, and re-enforced public health messaging by being a strong role model.  

“He is highly respected within the College, he has been an advocate for general practice throughout the pandemic, and very responsive to the College on matters raised, addressing serious issues appropriately and in a timely way.”

Eric Elder Medal

Dr Nina Stupples, Westport

Dr Nina Stupples has worked in her Westport community for 13 years, providing consistent and quality care to her patients and ensuring they have access to high quality hospital care when required. She has been instrumental in the developing Rural Hospital Medicine in New Zealand, being the Chair of the Rural Hospital Division from 2010 until 2014, laying the foundation for the first truly generalist training programme in the country. The key feature of this programme was combining both Rural Hospital Medicine and Rural General Practice into a single training programme, with dual fellowship being an option in both vocational scopes of practice.
 
Nina has mentored many registrars in Westport, alongside her day-to-day practice and involvement with the Division, and she also teaches students in the Rural postgraduate programme at the University of Otago.

New Zealand rural health has benefitted from Nina’s hard work and dedication to the profession.