Teacher and mentor to Māori and Pasifika GPs recognised with College award

24 July 2023

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Auckland-based specialist general practitioner Dr Jacqueline Allan (Kati Mamoe ki Rakiura, Kai Tahu) has been awarded a President’s Service medal at GP23: the Conference for General Practice.

The President’s Service Medal recognises an outstanding contribution to the College or the Division of Rural Hospital Medicine.

Dr Allan is a founding member of Te Akoranga a Maui, the College’s Māori representative group. The group play a significant role in providing a cohesive space that recognises the differential experiences of Māori across their educational development and medical career.

She shares her knowledge with Māori and Pasifika GP registrars through mentoring and an in-practice teacher and set up mock examinations for Māori and Pasifika registrars in her Auckland clinic with the support of her clinical staff and patients. The success of this initiative grew from Dr Allan’s time as a teacher and as a contributing member of the College’s clinical examinations.

College President Dr Samantha Murton says, “Dr Allan’s dedication to supporting Māori trainees has gone a long way to ensuring our GP and rural hospital medicine workforce truly represent the diversity of Aotearoa New Zealand’s population.

“We are lucky to have dedicated specialists such as Dr Allan training the next generation of our workforce, as they will be the ones looking after our communities once we retire.”

This year there were four recipients of the President’s Medal.

GP23: the Conference for General Practice runs from 21-23 July in Auckland.