We have professionally and culturally competent staff who visit homes, marae, workplaces or wherever people feel comfortable. They are a complementary mix of nurses and doctors, health educators and promoters, social and youth workers and other allied health workers, as well as business, ICT, marketing, administration and HR staff.
In many of our services kaiāwhina walk alongside clients and their whānau, offering practical support and education, co-ordinating transport, supporting clients at appointments and finding out about related services. Kaumātua and kuia help address cultural aspects of mental unwellness as well as advocating for tangata whai ora.
Read about the jobs our staff do and the people they help.
An opportunity to be one part in a bigger whole, appealed to Dr Emma Thompson when she approached Tui Ora Family Health about a job as a GP. “I find the holistic point of view better for overall health.
Five years in her role hasn’t dimmed the energy of Nadja Bernhardt, Activity Based Recovery Programme Co-ordinator at Tui Ora. With a Masters in social work, she left Germany eight years ago and headed to what she thought was the other side of the world.
Another round of tertiary training didn’t deter Trish Sison from tackling the area of mental health nursing. She grew up and studied in the Philippines, completing a degree level nursing qualification.
As a Kiwi tour guide, Krista Harrison once journeyed with foreign backpackers - now she's walking alongside young people (taiohi) in South Taranaki. New to her position as youth worker at Youth Service at Tui Ora, she supports taiohi to return to education, training or employment or to access youth payments.* Those two parts to her job involve mentoring, goal setting, understanding what else is going on in a young person’s life, helping them tap into networks and generally ensuring their future is brighter.
Science, the environment and health – how do they all fit together? Te Haupai Korewha, a Tui Ora health promoter, was mulling over the connection as a teenager.
The Vocational Support Service (VSS) at Tui Ora has all the bases covered. Between them, the four staff bring experience in rehabilitation, counselling, HR/recruitment and mental health support work to their roles.
Bernard Leuthart is looking forward to empowering people in need of a hand-up now he’s been appointed as Clinical Director at Tui Ora. “I feel very excited about the role due to the scope of services being offered,” says Bernard.
Whānau Ora Team Leader Georgia Kenyon understands what it's like to stand up against a health system that doesn't always seem to be on the side of the people it's meant to be helping. Two of Georgia's four children were born with a disability.
Shelley Johnston has many strings to her bow, including degrees in behavioural science and physical education, but a bachelor degree in alcohol and drug studies led to her role as an AOD (Alcohol and Other Drugs) specialist. Shelley joined the Tui Ora whānau in August 2017 and is enjoying the change from the DHB where she worked in the same area, but in a hospital environment.
Mama Pēpe Tamariki Ora nurse, Romane Stockman is relatively new to Tui Ora and new to nursing. Graduating as a registered nurse in 2015 the Okato born and bred nurse joined Tui Ora in 2016.
Markham Grey (on far right) began working as a kaiāwhina at Tui Ora in August 2014, but from May 2017 his title changed to Kaitiaki Taiohi. Over the past two and a half years, his role has evolved and the title more accurately expresses his specific work in supporting and being a mentor to young people.
Dr Gal Carmi is a GP at Tui Ora Family Health. He moved to New Zealand with his family from Israel, having spent the previous six years as a family physician and the last one and a half years as a clinic manager in the Northern part of the country.
As a business analyst for Tui Ora, Hone Rata works with staff to examine their business process and procedures. Together they find new and improved ways to complete these tasks.