Over the past three months Te Kōhao has streamlined our services into Kia Kotahi – a multi-disciplinary team approach. This approach is to ensure that whānau receive targeted holistic health care when they need it. Furthermore this is to ensure that whānau have mana motuhake (control and ownership) over their own health and wellbeing. We have divided the health, social, and education service staff into four separate teams. Each team is assigned a receptionist who will take your calls and make your appointments as usual.
Lesley leads team “Kikorangi" and manages the medical clinics in Hamilton, Enderley, Melville and Raglan. Committed to offering quality services for Whanau, Lesley ensures our medical clinics maintain cornerstone accreditation and that our clinical procedures and practice also meet the EQuIP5 standards.
Lesley's innovative sense saw her voluntarily lead out the Kia Kotahi pilot in 2014-15 which laid the foundation for the organisation wide shift towards working with whole families and wrapping multi disciplinary teams around smaller GP client registers.
Lesley maintains clinical currency as a registered practice nurse and this hands on approach keeps her in touch with Whanau satisfaction.
Having completed his medical school training in London, England in 2004, Raj went on to work in various hospitals in London and completed his GP training before working as a GP in South England for the next 2 years. Raj moved to New Zealand in 2010 and started with Te Kohao Health. Raj has an interest in chronic disease management and teaching medical students and doctors who want to become GP’s.
Phone 0800 KIKORANGI (54567264) for all your medical needs
Angel has over 10 years experience in the Health and Disability Sector having grown the Home Based Support Service for Te Kohao from its infancy.
A qualified social worker Angel offers valuable leadership as a Team Leader of Team Kowhai, a multi disciplinary team made up of community Whanau Ora, social education, health and clinical workers.
Wrapping response strategies around patients registered with Dr Roshan Fernadez, Team Kowhai has developed its capability to enable patients suffering from Chronic Disease to achieve greater gains.
Roshan started with Te Kohao Health in 2011 and is enjoying working with the whanau. Sickness does not just have a physical component but also the emotional, mental, spiritual aspects to name a few. Now, these can physically manifest themselves. That is why Roshan enjoys general practice. It gives him an opportunity to know his patients so that he can help them. Roshan also has an interest in the minor surgery area.
Phone 0800 1KOWHAI (1569424) for all your medical needs
Originally hailing from Ruatoria, Te Tairawhiti, Colene’s experience in the health sector began in Auckland as a 17 year old, embracing on the Psychopaedic nursing programme – entering the last class of a long history based training for New Zealand nurses.
Throughout her long career, Colene has seen many changes and restructures in the health system and through that experience believes that Whānau Ora is an approach that truly combines education, social, health, and justice services to help whānau become strong and independent contributors to their communities. In each of the roles she has held across the health and disability sector, Colene has demonstrated an emphatic approach to the wellbeing of whānau.
Tangimoana is interested in chronic care management, depression, children and the wider whanau. She enjoys working as a team member to deliver health outcomes. She joined Te Kohao Health in 2000 which has provided her a long term perspective on health issues. Tangimoana has also been involved in several local and national health committees. Tangimoana is Ngati Tu Wharetoa.
Phone 0800 KAKARIKI (52527454) for all your medical needs
Jonas leads the energetic multi-disciplinary team “Karaka", which supports patients registered with Dr Aisha Sawar.
Jonas also holds the portfolio for the Integrated Attendance Service. Applying a Whanau Ora lens and primarily driving the achievement of targets set by the Ministry of Education provides the perfect environment for team karaka to respond to clear and methodical leadership.
Jonas demonstrates a commitment to the importance of achieving an education having graduated with a masters degree in business administration and serving two consecutive terms as Chair on the Board of Trustees for two Hamilton schools.
Aisha completed her medical school training in Manchester, England in 2004.On completion of her GP training, she worked as a GP for a number of years before moving to New Zealand in 2014 to work with Te Kohao Health. Getting to know and treating the whole whanau as well as offering holistic continuity of care, is what she enjoys most about being a GP. Her areas of interest are family planning and women’s health.
Phone 0800 KARAKA (527252) for all your medical needs.