Multidisciplinary Team

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Te Kōhao Multidiscplinary Teams

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.

Kikorangi Team

Kikorangi Team

Lesley Martin – Team Leader
Clinical Manager

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.

Dr Raj Varma – Kikorangi BSC (Hons) Physiology, MBBS, DRCOG, MRCGP, FRNZCGP

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

Kowhai Team

Kowhai Team

Val Rippey – Team Leader

Val leads the MDT 'KOWHAI', which supports patients registered with Dr Muhammad Raza.

Val also holds the Portfolio for Home Base Support Services, Kaumatua Programme, Te Pae Oranga Service, and Maori Disability Services. All services apply a Whanau Ora lens when supporting whanau needs.

Val is driven by the desire and passion of achieving the best outcomes for whanau that choose to access the teams services. Val is heavily involved with her Marae, and the Whaingaroa community, ensuring there is a Maori presence in decision making within the community.

Dr Roshan Fernandes – Kowhai MBBS, MS (Surgery), MRCS (Glasgow), FRNZCGP (NZ)

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

Kakariki Team

Kakariki Team

Colene Herbert – Team Leader
Home Based Support Services

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.

Dr Tangimoana Habib – Kakariki MBCHB 1981 Dip Obs, FRNZCGP

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

Karaka Team

Karaka Team

Jonas Hapuku – Team Leader
Integrated Attendance Services

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.

Dr Aisha Sarwar - Karaka MBCHB, DRCOG, DFSRH

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.

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