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Local doctors recognised

Tuesday 29 December 2020 | Written by Supplied | Published in Health, National


Local doctors recognised
Former Secretary of Health Dr Josephine Aumea Herman (middle) with Dr Koko Lwin, left, and Dr Teariki Puni. Supplied/20122838

Four Rarotonga doctors have completed their postgraduate training programme run in partnership with New Zealand.

Two Rarotonga-based doctors have been recognised for their ongoing professional development, graduating with the Cook Islands General Practitioners Fellowship.

The Fellowship is a postgraduate training programme run through a partnership between the Royal NZ College of General Practitioners, the University of Otago, and Te Marae Ora health ministry.

Dr Koko Lwin and Dr Teariki Puni have successfully completed the programme which involves four post-graduate papers and a 12-24 month clinical attachment in New Zealand. They have graduated with a Post Graduate Certificate in Rural and Provincial Hospital Medicine. The graduation took place on Friday, December 18, 2020.

The programme started in 2014 under the leadership of Elizabeth Iro, the former Secretary of Health and then president of the Royal NZ College of General Practioners Dr Tim Malloy and Rural GP lead with the University of Otago lead Dr Kati Blattner.

In 2018, the programme expanded to include an additional clinical attachment year in New Zealand (total of two years) through negotiations with former Secretary Dr Josephine Herman, current Royal NZ College of GPs Dr Sam Murton, and Dr Blattner.

Dr Koko and Dr Puni follow in the footsteps of successful graduates, Dr Mareta Jacob and Dr Nini Wynn, who graduated in 2017 and 2019 respectively.

Dr Teariki Faireka, the current Director of Primary Care, will travel to New Zealand in the new year to begin his clinical attachment over the next two years as part of the Cook Islands GP fellowship programme. Dr Tereapii Uka will be the acting Director Primary Care during this period. 

  • With reporting from Jaewynn McKay