Meet our experienced medical educators who are ready to assist you through your GPEP program.
GPEP 1 Medical Educators
Dr Kiriana Bird (MbCHb,FRNZCGP) of Ngati Tukorehe and Ngati Porou descent is the Medical Director for Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga. She is passionate about Maori health and enjoys providing high quality care, in a culturally appropriate way to our most vulnerable members of society. She is also the lead Medical Educator for the RNZCGP and oversees the training program for GPEP 1 in the Hawkes Bay and provides clinical and cultural supervision for Maori General Practitioner Registrars nationwide. She has an interest in clinical governance, health and wellbeing and is involved with several boards and kaupapa that align with her personal ethos.
Sally Carter is the GPEP 1 Medical Educator for the Waikato region. She works two days a week at Health Te Aroha and as a GP liason for EBPHA, a PHO based in the Eastern Bay of Plenty where up until recently she worked full time. Sally has always had a passion for general practice and was never in danger of specialising in anything else. She enjoys the rewarding challenge of supporting GP registrars. She is also a busy mum with two daughters and recently moved to beautiful farmland in Walton, in the Waikato with her family.
Lynne has been involved in GPEP Medical Education in Northland for the past 10 years. Her predominant role has been in facilitating weekly seminar sessions in Whangerei as well as visits to registrars from GPEP 1-3. She has worked in general practice for over 30 years, working in both single and group practices in Waiouru, Palmerston North and subsequently Whangerei. As well as general practices, she has been involved in DSAC, ACC assessments and Medical Council roles. When not in the office, she enjoys walking, reading, travel and naturally sharing wine and great food with friends. She says "this is a beautiful part of the world but in contrast to this, here the significant inequities in health and lifestyle are so obvious so it's an opportunity to contribute to the health of our local communities."
Susan Hawken is a medical educator and general practitioner at Browns Bay Medical Centre, on the North Shore in Auckland. She has spent 24 years working in general practice, with experience in both rural and urban practices. Previously a Senior Lecturer in the Department of General Practice and Primary Healthcare at the University of Auckland. she has a strong teaching and academic background. She has a passion for engaging learners in developing a patient centred approach. She has published widely and contributed to books on medical education. Her research interests include quality of life issues for clinicians, the clinical learning environment and professional and communication skills development.
Margaret graduated from the University of Auckland and holds a Diploma of Obstetrics, a certificate in family planning from the UK and a certificate in Hauora Maori. She has been a practicing general practitioner in many places, initially in Pakuranga, Auckland then took a break to undertake public health work. She was also an ACC medical advisor and worked as a general practitioner for a Maori health clinic. For the past 10 years, she has been a general practitioner in Meadowbank, Auckland where she is also the practice owner. She is passionate about the role of GPs within our communities which led her to becoming a medical educator 7 years ago when her two sons got a bit older. Her particular interests lie in women's health, mental health and ear, nose and throat.
Liza is the College's National Clinical Lead of GPEP and a distinguished fellow of the RNZCGP. She's also a member of the British College of General Practitioners and holds a Master of Medical Science as well a Diploma of Paediatrics. She also holds Diplomas in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Strategic Leadership and a post graduate qualification in family planning. In her spare time, she is a passionate mum, wife, foodie and gardener.
Francesco graduated from university in Italy in 1995, then moved to London in the UK where he first qualified as a surgeon, and then in 2013 he become a GP. Francesco has lived and worked in Mairangi Bay in Auckland since 2009, after moving to New Zealand in 2005 and working in Wellsford for 4 years as a rural GP. He has been a GPEP1 medical educator for the College since 2008 and also a GPEP2/3 medical educator since 2010. In 2015/16, he became the lead medical educator for the North West Auckland region. He is also a Medical Examiner for PRIMEX. Outside his College roles, he works as an Education Supervisor for the NZMC and is a Director of ProCare Health Ltd. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in General Practice and Post Graduate certificates in Aviation Medicine, Travel Medicine and Teaching and Learning.
Lauren is the lead medical educator for GPEP 1 in Canterbury since 2011. She is also a general practitioner at Avonhead Surgey in Christchurch. Beyond medicine, family is the biggest focus in Lauren's life, as she's the mother of 5 children all in their teens or young adulthood, plus one small fluffy dog. She is actively involved in the local community through her church and her children's activities. In a quiet moment, you may find her lost in a good book or planning the next family holiday.
Deb is the lead Medical Educator for the Auckland NW GPEP1 group. She works part time in general practice and owns a practice in a 'job-share' type arrangement in Green Bay, West Auckland. She has been a GP for about 15 years after completing GPEP1 in 2002. She has been involved in GPEP1 education for 2 years and thoroughly enjoys working with the registrars and other teachers. She lives in Mt Eden in Auckland with her husband and two children, 12 and 14 years old.
Helen was born and raised in the North West of England and studies medicine at Manchester University and was hooked on general practice at her first exposure as a student. She became a general practitioner in 2002 and has worked full time as a general practitioner ever since, initially in the Scottish Highlands, before emigrating to Blenheim, NZ in 2011. She has loved teaching registrars and young doctors in her practice both in Scotland and here in NZ and she very much looks forward to meeting her GPEP1 group.
Neil has been a General Practitioner in Nelson for more than 20 years and a Medical Educator for more than 10 years. His driving force in his work is working collaboratively and the "Quadruple Aim" (improving population health, increasing patient satisfaction, reducing per-capita health care spending and clinician and staff satisfaction). Neil is married to Rosie and has 4 adult children. Given any opportunity Neil likes to run, paddle and peddle with whanau, friends or a podcast. He loves food, reading and music but has limited creative talent in any of these areas (his words). His whanau say he is addicted to Twitter and he says that there may be some truth to this.
Bay of Plenty
Dr Fiona has been a General Practitioner for almost 20 years. After qualifying from Oxford University, she trained as a GP in the UK. She became a GP in Bournemouth and owned her own practice for 12 years. She held a variety of educational roles including GP teacher, day release organizer, teacher group coordinator and examiner. In 2012 she emigrated to New Zealand with her family and since then she has been running the Day of Plenty day release program. She feels that communication and the biopsychosocial aspects of general practice are important to learn alongside the biomedical model of medicine.