2017 Board nominee - Dr Apisalome (Api) Talemaitoga

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I still believe what I said three years ago before many of you elected me to serve on our College Board:  “It is critically important the voice of general practice is heard strongly at all levels of the health sector.”

My unique experience covers general practice, the business side of running a medical clinic, hospital general medicine, health consultancy work, and government policy processes.   These give me a distinct advantage on the RNZCGP board in working with government and various agencies.   My skills and knowledge enable me to actively represent the interests of doctors and patients, utilising a multi-faceted background.

My 31 years in medicine have covered a variety of roles in New Zealand and Fiji, including 18 years as a GP.   My week is divided between my two GP practices, Normans Road Surgery in Christchurch and Cavendish Doctors in Manukau.   Mid-week, I do an appearance medicine clinic at Oxford Women’s Health in Christchurch.   I am also Chair of the Pasifika GP Network, which provides mentoring support for Pacific GPs. 

I am passionate about being a GP and, in particular, about encouraging practice ownership and training new registrars.

I am proud of the fact we have been able to establish the Pacific Chapter within the RNZCGP.   We held our first Pacific Health Day in Auckland this year, which will be an annual event that we hope to open to all GPs to come and hear and discuss issues on the latest Pacific health research.

In addition to the Pacific Chapter and the usual Board work, my Board experience over the past three years has included membership of the Audit and Risk Committee, helping facilitate discussions with Pacific countries about post-graduate training in primary care, and representing the RNZCGP Board on the BPAC Board.

I am looking forward to the opportunity to continue on the Board in further strengthening the voice of general practice in the areas of equity of funding for our patients and in looking for a fair process for re-certification of our workforce.

I still love opera, enjoy live theatre and movies, love travel, and am a keen rugby and netball supporter. My favourite coffee is an extra-shot flat white and I still love a drop of Central Otago pinot noir.

Thank you for voting me in for a second term.