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Dr Ekeroma announced as new Editor in Chief for Pacific Health Dialog

20 August 2017

Senior Lecturer, Dr Ekeroma will take on the new role as Editor in Chief for Pacific Health Dialog. This is a medical and public health journal published specifically for Pacific Island countries. Read more about his new role on the Pasifika Medical Association website.


Professor Hill new president of International Society of Surgery

17 August 2017

At the 47th World Congress of Surgery in Basel, Switzerland (August 2017) Professor Hill addressed the assembly as the new president of the International Society of Surgery / Société Internationale de Chirurgie (ISS/SIC) and 2019 World Congresss of Surgery.

The ISS/SIC is considered one of the most distinguished and prestigious international surgical societies in the world. It represents six collective member societies and surgeons from more than 100 countries. Its goal is to work for international teaching in surgery, both specialized and general surgery, in developed and developing countries. The official journal of ISS/SIC is the World Journal of Surgery and it holds the World Congress of Surgery every two years.


Perioperative care and enhanced recovery after surgery

July 2017

A discussion between Professor Andrew Hill (Head of South Auckland Clinical Campus and Colorectal Surgeon) and Dr Nick Lightfoot (Anaesthetist, Middlemore Hospital) about perioperative care and enhanced recovery after surgery. View the podcast on the Research Review website.


Bariatric Surgery Registry launches in New Zealand

20 July 2017

New Zealand’s first Bariatric Surgery Registry launches nation-wide this week, an initiative that will allow surgeons to accurately compare outcomes for patients who have undergone an operation for obesity across public and private hospitals in New Zealand and Australia. Dr Andrew MacCormick, a general and bariatric surgeon at Counties Manukau Health and Senior Lecturer at the South Auckland Clinical Campus, said that the Bariatric Surgery Registry would be a powerful tool for improving clinical quality and patient safety. Read more.


Dr Okesene-Gafa elected as vice president of Pacific Society for Reproductive Health

20 July 2017

Dr Kara Okesene-Gafa, senior lecturer at the South Auckland Clinical Campus and obstetrician-gynaecologist at Middlemore Hospital was elected as vice president of the Pacific Society for Reproductive Health. The Society is a non-governmental organisation which encourages the professional development of reproductive and neonatal health care workers across Pacific Island countries.


Health Research Council project grants awarded

July 2017

Professor Andrew Hill (Principal Investigator), Mr Ashish Taneja (Consultant, ADHB) and Dr Ahmed Barazanchi (PhD Candidate) were awarded a Health Research Council project grant in the latest funding round for the study, development and application of a risk prediction tool for emergency laparotomy. Read more about the study.

Associate Professor Tim Kenealy is part of a team of researchers awarded a Health Research Council Pacific project grant that will look at how to help practitioners and planners more deeply understand how Pacific individuals and families relate to our health system. Read more about the study


iCOACH: Implementing integrated care for older adults with complex health needs

27 June 2017

Associate Professor Kenealy is part of a large international research team collaborating to complete nine interdisciplinary case studies focused on the implementation of integrated community based primary health care (CBPHC). Exemplary cases of organisations that have successfully integrated CBPHC from Ontario, Quebec and New Zealand were studied using a mixed-method case study approach focusing on four analytic levels: patient/carer, health care providers, organisations and policies. Read the collection of published articles in the International Journal of Integrated Care.


Getting back to grassroots healthcare in South Auckland

9 June 2017

Professor Rea was interviewed by Newsroom about an integrated care pilot project at Counties Manukau Health involving patients with long-term conditions. GPs, district health nurses, social workers, physiotherapists, mental health workers, pharmacies and home support workers work together to coordinate care and treatment of patients enrolled in the programme. Read more.


'If it works it will be massive' - drones to carry vital vaccines in Pacific in ground-breaking trial

17 March 2017

In what's believed to be a world-first, drones are to be trialled to carry vaccines to remote communities in the Pacific. Unicef is working with the Vanuatu Government on the ground-breaking project in the hope it will save lives. Senior Lecturer, Dr Alec Ekeroma was interviewed by TVNZ 1NEWS Pacific Correspondence about the ground-breaking trial that could also work in other Pacific countries. View TVNZ 1NEWS.


Distinguished Clinical Teachers Award

February 2017

The South Auckland Clinical Campus would like to congratulate the following recipients:

  • Dr Francois Stapelberg (Anaesthesiology)
  • Dr Geoff Green (ARHOP, Medicine)
  • Dr Jeff Okpala (ARHOP, Medicine)
  • Dr Jocelyn Neutze (Kidz First, Paediatrics)
  • Dr Eric Pushparajah (The Cottage, Mental Health Services)

They were awarded the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland Distinguished Clinical Teacher Award for the 2016 academic year in recognition of their outstanding involvement in the delivery of the medical teaching programme at Counties Manukau Health for our campus. The presentation of the awards took place at a ceremony on Wednesday 15 February at the Faculty’s Grafton Campus.

The Campus appreciates their invaluable contributions, and all the time and effort that they have put into ensuring our medical students receive such a beneficial and positive learning experience at Counties Manukau Health, and making it a successful programme. In addition, all the clinical staff across Counties Manukau Health that support and contribute to the teaching of our students is greatly appreciated.


Diabetes diagnosis

6 February 2017

Associate Professor Tim Kenealy talks to the Goodfellow Unit about diagnosing diabetes in primary care including the latest research in diabetes diagnosis. Listen on the Goodfellow Podcast.


New staff at the South Auckland Clinical Campus

January 2017

The South Auckland Clinical Campus would like to welcome the following new staff:

  • Dr Rachel Webb has joined the South Auckland Clinical Campus as Senior Lecturer in Paediatrics. She delivers clinical service at both Kidz First and Starship Children’s Hospitals for her clinical role.
  • Dr Sarah Cullum is the new Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry.  She delivers clinical service in Mental Health Services at Counties Manukau Health.


PhD graduate – Dr Alec Ekeroma

January 2017

The South Auckland Clinical Campus would like to congratulate Dr Alec Ekeroma (Senior Lecturer in Obstetrics and Gynaecology) on his completion of his PhD. View Dr Ekeroma’s research.



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