2017 Board nominee - Dr Glenn Doherty

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Dr Glenn Doherty has made many contributions to the health sector and general practice focused on Maori and Pacific health, health management, research policy, clinical governance and clinical medicine over three decades. He has made outstanding service to the Tongan community through his work for the Tongan Health Society (THS).  Dr Doherty has also worked as a school doctor over the last 12 years at Kelston Boys High School.

Dr Doherty is also a teacher for the College for GP registrars undertaking Fellowship training at the Centres.  Glenn has been appointed to the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners Awards Committee. Dr Doherty also takes part in interviews for the new registrars entering the Fellowship programme. He is also a Clinical Examiner and is a member of the RNZCGP Education Advisory Group.  Dr Doherty is also a Senior Honorary Lecturer in the Department of General Practice and Primary Healthcare at the University of Auckland.  

He was a Senior Advisor during the Upton administration to the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Maori Health, a Senior Policy Advisor to the Infectious Disease Advisory Committee. Glenn has had input to PHO Clinical Governance Committees over the years and involved with the National Youth and Child Health Clinical Advisory Group for the Paediatric Society of NZ.
He was nominated as a finalist in the 2015 AUT Business Awards in the leadership category last year and was the only nominee from the medical profession and health sector in New Zealand. The awards assessors described his success as a combination of medical professional and disciplined business leader.

THS is now one of the top primary care centres in NZ. THS has received an award of excellence as being the first practice in the ADHB to achieve all National Health Targets within five months of his appointment.

THS was also awarded excellence in the delivery of the Rheumatic Fever campaign. The Society is also the top primary care clinic in the ADHB in the performance of the Rapid Response clinics. The Society has won awards under his leadership for consistent high performance and community service from the Alliance Health + PHO. THS has developed a new and innovative primary care model focused on integrated outcome focused contracting and packages of care for its clients. Most recently Dr Doherty has undertaken the development of an international strategic collaboration initiative within the Kingdom of Tonga and the Tongan Ministry of Health to implement early screening, health promotion and prevention initiatives for their casual clients and is undertaking a business case to establish a satellite clinic in the kingdom for the Tongan community. THS is the only general practice in New Zealand undertaking such a unique and innovative initiative and has Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade accreditation.

Dr Doherty has a particular interest in the future models of care in general practice, outcome focused care and pacific workforce development in primary care.  He is a strong advocate for health and well-being in general practice.


Dr Glenn Doherty
FRNZCGP