GP, Health Navigator founder receives top honour for community and workforce commitment  

25 July 2022

The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners congratulates Dr Janine Bycroft, who has been awarded Distinguished Fellowship, the highest honour a GP can receive. 

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. 

College President Dr Samantha Murton says, “With so much misinformation online, it is so important to have sites such as Health Navigator NZ being kept up to date with science, and evidence-based information that has been reviewed by trained medical professionals. 

“The amount of work that goes into the Health Navigator resource, as well as her GP consultations and research undertakings showcase Dr Bycroft’s dedication to the profession. She is a very deserving recipient of this honour.”

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 is awarded to GPs who have demonstrated sustained contributions to general practice, medicine, or the health and wellbeing of the community. This year, five GPs and one rural hospital doctor received this award at GP22: the Conference for General Practice.