Congratulations to the recipients of the 2017 College Awards that were presented on Saturday 29 July at our annual Conference for General Practice in Dunedin.

RNZCGP Distingished Fellowship

Dr Clive David Bremner Cameron 

Clive retired from the Waikanae Health Centre in June after 35 years of service to the local community. He has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to his patients and colleagues, characterised by quiet confidence, good humour and reliability.

Clive is the embodiment of the College motto. He is a gifted GP whose kind, compassionate style and humility have made him a role model for a generation of young GP’s.

Clive has a long association with the GP Education Programme dating back to the mid 1980’s. Many young registrars have benefitted from his support and guidance and the example he set.

Wellington Faculty - Waikanae

Dr Gregory Lawrence Dunn

Greg embodies the breadth of qualities that make an excellent GP and medical educator. He enables and equips his registrars in the art of general practice, and does it in a way that makes them love their job. 

He encourages his students to achieve, and stands behind them reliably while they find their feet. Additionally, Greg remains part of a heavy after-hours roster and is active in the Matamata community.

Greg is humble in all he does. But his work as a doctor, a teacher and a leader leave no doubt that he fits the bill of a Distinguished Fellow of our college.

Waikato/Bay of Plenty Faculty - Matamata

Dr William Lindo Ferguson

William Ferguson is a well-known New Zealand GP and has spent his life working with his patients in Kumeu while furthering a range of passions and projects.

Nationally he is best known for his work championing the role of the GP obstetrician. He was committed to giving his patients a choice that included their GP for antenatal and intrapartum care.

Other areas of medicine that William has had a special interest in include: mental health, diet and disease, and his current passion: nutritional genomics.

William Ferguson is an outstanding example of the College’s motto: Cum Scientia Caritas – with knowledge, compassion.

Auckland Faculty – Kumeu

Dr Sirovai Fuata’i

Dr Siro Fuata’i has made an outstanding contribution to general practice and Pacific health.  Siro’s practice, Bader Drive Healthcare in Mangere, is a pioneer of the one-stop-shop approach to primary healthcare for vulnerable communities. 

Siro has held numerous leadership roles in the Pacific and South Auckland healthcare communities, and led the establishment of important primary care and Pacific workforce organisations.  A strong advocate for general practice, Siro was the first Pacific GP teacher on our training programme. 

He has led efforts to attract more medical graduates into general practice and championed Pacific health workforce development. Malo le tau, malo le tautua. 

Samoan heritage
Auckland Faculty - Mangere
Pacific Chapter

Dr Kristin Jane Good

Dr Good is a general practitioner in Auckland and Director of Primary Care at the Auckland District Health Board in the Mental Health and Addictions Directorate.

Her focus on addressing the physical health inequities of patients with serious mental illness through raising awareness, strengthening relationships and working collaboratively across primary, secondary and community sectors – including the College – has seen her rise as a highly respected leader and advocate for these patients. Dr Good is also an award-winning researcher in general practice.

Through public sector leadership roles she has raised the profile of general practice and the College, and strengthened important relationships. 

Auckland Faculty – Westmere

Dr Liza Lack

Liza is the RNZCGP National Clinical Lead and has a long history of service at the College.
Education colleagues and trainees find her compassionate, empowering and encouraging. It is certain that she has the wisdom and expertise to advocate for, and lead us into, a new resilient paradigm of general practice.

Liza sees the role of GPs as being the guardians of a community’s well-being. This is reflected in both her attitude and activity: Liza brings people together, enables excellence and mutual support, and works tirelessly for the greater good. We are blessed to have her as one of our leaders.

Waikato/Bay of Plenty Faculty – Te Awamutu

Dr Beverley-Anne Lawton 

“Ehara taku maunga a Hikurangi i te maunga nekeneke he maunga tū tonu ko tōku kīngitanga nō te pō mai rā nō, nō tua whakarere he ihu tō mai nō te pō” 
(Nā Te Kani a Takirau)

Dr Lawton (Ngāti Porou) trained at Otago medical school. She worked as a general practitioner in Newtown, Wellington for and co-founded the Wellington menopause clinic. 

These experiences lead to an interest in research to answer the many questions relevant to women’s health. She joined the Department of General Practice and Primary Healthcare in 1998 which was followed by the establishment of the Women’s Health Research Centre. 

Bev was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2004, for services to women’s health. She is a previous member of the New Zealand Perinatal Maternal Mortality Committee and Member of the National Kaitiaki group for the cervical screening program.

Kātahi te wahine pukumahi ko koe! E hia kē ngā wāhine kua ora ai i a koe i tō rangahau me tō mahi tākuta mō ngā wāhine. 

Kei whea mai te kōrero. Nō reira, e tika ana kia utaina atu tēnei hōnore ki runga ki a koe mō ō mahi rangatira.  

E te mokopuna o Hikurangi maunga, te huranga mai o te rā,  nei rā mātou e mihi nei ki a koe, tēnā koe, tēnā koe, tēnā koe.

Ngati Porou
Te Akoranga a Māui 
Wellington Faculty – Wellington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Otago University

Dr Andrew McLeod 

Andrew has made a tremendous contribution to his small rural community practice for over thirty years, and has shown leadership during the rapid growth of the town.

He has also been involved in the interface between primary and secondary care as a representative of the Southen Alliance and Southern Health Pathways Advisory groups.
In both areas he has been innovative in improving care for rural patients, despite geographical isolation and heavy after-hours commitments. 
He gives his time and advice selflessly and is well respected and popular with patients, students and staff alike.

Otago Faculty - Wanaka

Dr Elizabeth Jane Scott

Liz is a very popular GP that is well-respected by patients and colleagues where is based in Nelson-Marlborough.

From 1989 until 1994 Liz worked as a rural GP in Taranaki. She became a practice owner in 1995 and currently works in a small practice in Central Nelson with two female associates.

Liz has contributed much to the GP community. She was a director of City Care after-hours, and led the transition to regional after-hours service.

Her role at the DHB providing GP input into secondary services.

Nelson Faculty - Nelson

Dr Apisalome Sikaidoka Talemaitoga

Dr Apisalome (Api) Talemaitoga is a GP in Christchurch and South Auckland.  He has a distinguished record of service in many organisations as a director, senior public servant and clinical leader. His diverse roles include serving as the personal physician to the President of Fiji. 

Api has led the development of a Pacific GP network in NZ and contributes to strengthening primary care in the Pacific region.  Despite his list of impressive achievements and skills, Api is also known for his humility and willingness to contribute. Vinaka vakalevu vuniwai na cakacaka vakagumatua. 

Fijian heritage
Canterbury Faculty – Christchurch (also works in Auckland)
Pacific Chapter

DRHM Distingished Fellowship – first ever given

Dr James Reid 

James has played a central role in the Division of Rural Hospital Medicine since its inception and has chaired the Board of Studies for several years.

A long-standing Board member of the Rural General Practice Network, James a key member of the Conference organising committee. He is a key New Zealand voice in the international rural generalism movement. 

James is also the longest-serving member of the Queenstown Hospital medical staff, where he worked for several years as Clinical Director. His work is important to both general practice and rural hospital medicine.

Above all, James is the consummate bridge-builder: highly-skilled at bringing people and organisations together.

Otago Faculty – Arrowtown

RNZCGP – Distinguished Service Award

Dr Anna Isabelle Gilmour

Anna Gilmour took on the lead medical educator role in the Southern region as a relatively young
GP. She has lead the programme enthusiastically for nearly a decade. She is passionate about general practice and has inspired medical students, junior doctors as well as the general practice registrars she has mentored.

Anna has always gone the extra distance as a teacher by modelling kindness, humour and professionalism. As GPEP1 Clinical Lead in 2015 she contributed greatly to the ongoing development of the programme. She continues to play an active role in her local faculty and as a visiting GPEP 2 medical educator.

Otago Faculty - Dunedin

RNZCGP Community Service Award

Dr Joseph Bourne

Dr Bourne has worked at a high-needs practice in the Bay of Plenty for thirteen years, including for long periods on his own. 

As a GP liaison officer at the Bay of Plenty DHB, he has vastly improved relationships between primary care and hospital. He was also recently appointed Clinical Director of Innovation and Improvement at the DHB. This post was created for Dr Bourne, and is a mark of how he is viewed in our health economy.

Despite numerous commitments, Dr Bourne finds time to devote himself to his family and beloved surfing. His positivity and can-do attitude is infectious. 

Waikato/Bay of Plenty Faculty – Te Puke

Dr Mary Ballantyne

Tirelessly developing facilities and services to improve the health of her Community, Dr Mary Ballantyne has served the Te Awamutu district for 36 years.

The Kihikihi Primary School Clinic is an example of her innovation, and of doctors going to areas of high need and making a wonderful difference in the lives of young people. 

The Clinic has now developed into a Community Health Hub, and while others played important parts in its creation, there is no doubt that Mary is the instigator and walked the hard political yards to bring these community assets to fruition. 

Waikato/Bay of Plenty Faculty – Te Awamutu