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Dr Jessica Hutchings
Dr Rhys Jones
His research interests include ethnic inequalities in health, Indigenous health in health professional education, and environmental influences on health. Rhys is Principal Investigator of the Educating for Equity study, an international research project examining how health professional education can reduce inequities and improve health outcomes for Indigenous populations.
In 2005-06, Rhys was a Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy based at Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA. His fellowship project examined interventions to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in health care using organisational case studies. Rhys received his medical degree and Master of Public Health from The University of Auckland.
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Dr. Lance O’Sullivan
Lance made headlines in June 2012 when he left his former employer after a difference in patient philosophy; he believed in treating patients regardless of whether or not they could afford treatment. He left disillusioned with a system that failed to deliver the care needed for his patients and vowed to change the system for the better. Now ensconced in Northland, New Zealand Lance has set about making this happen. Harnessing the skills he acquired from his cultural heritage and medical training he and his wife Tracy established Navilluso Medical a healthcare company committing to developing innovative ways to ensure appropriate and quality health care reaches the right people at the right time in the right place.
Navilluso Medical established the MOKO (Manawa Ora, Korokoro Owa, “Healthy Heart, Healthy Throat”) programme in 2012, a school based service focused on preventing rheumatic fever (potentially fatal) in mainly Maori children in and around Kaitaia. Moving this project into the digital age Navilluso Medical is pioneering the use of disruptive and innovative health technologies bridging the gap in healthcare that exists for vulnerable communities in particular children. This programme iMOKO has its origins in rural Northland but has a vision of providing services to 300,000 across the country in the next 3 years (2019). iMOKO is currently in 25 schools, Kohanga Reo (Maori immersions language nests) and early childhood centres from Northland to Auckland.
In 2013 he established The MOKO Foundation a registered charitable trust that works to change the world starting with the Far North of NZ. His aim to support and empower communities with a particular focus on vulnerable children and young people with a particular interest in Education, Youth, Leadership and Health.