Dr. Tupa’i’s outstanding contribution honoured

Samoan General Practitioner (GP), Dr. Alainuanua Tupa’i will be recognised for her outstanding contribution to general practice at the forthcoming annual conference of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners.

Dr. Tupai, who has worked with Bader Drive Doctors in Mangere for the last 16 years, will be one of only two New Zealand GPs to receive a prestigious Community Service Medal at the event at Auckland’s Aotea Centre.

Clinical Leader at the practice for the last 10 years, Dr. Tupai is a firm believer that community participation is key to health management improvements. 

As the Clinical Lead for the Alliance Health Plus PHO, and as part of the Counties Manukau Clinical Leadership Group, she is in an excellent position to exercise this vision.

At the same conference, Fijian-Indian GP Shabrina Hussein of Westview Medical Centre in Glen Eden, will be recognised as a new Fellow of the College.

Fellowship is the culmination of at least 11 years’ work, which typically includes six years’ medical study, two years’ pre-vocational training and three years completing the College’s General Practice Education Programme (GPEP).

The College is committed to supporting the GP workforce in improving health outcomes for Pasifika communities in New Zealand. Its Pacific Chapter is made up of members who identify as PaÌsifika and the group also welcomes non-Pasifika doctors serving communities with large Pacific populations, or those with an interest in Pacific health issues.

Chapter Chair Dr. Api Talemaitoga is proud of the work of these two GPs and on behalf of the Pacific Chapter membership, offers heartfelt congratulations to both Drs Tupai and Hussein.

“The Chapter appreciates the role-modelling these two women GPs show in attaining Fellowship (Dr Hussein) and in her advocacy work with the Pacific communities in Mangere, Auckland (Dr Tupai),” says Dr Talemaitoga.

“The Chapter will continue to support all Pacific GPs in attaining their Fellowship qualifications as they continue to work with these under-served communities.”

College President Dr Tim Malloy adds: “Congratulations to both Dr Tupai and Dr Hussein.

“We hope their achievements can help in the goal of attracting more PaÌsifika doctors into general practice, to play a vital role in the health of their communities.”

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