September 18, 2013
O’Sullivan public health champion for 2013
Kaitaia general practioner Lance O’Sullivan has been named the Public Health Association’s Public Health Champion for his efforts to eradicate poverty-related illnesses in the Far North.
Since leaving a Maori health organisation Dr O’Sullivan has set up a health clinic at Kaitaia Hospital, as well as developed programmes to provide medical care for more than 2000 children across 14 schools in Northland.
He says he’s humbled by the award and excited by the fact it will highlight the issues he is confronting.
Dr O’Sullivan says many of the diseases of poverty afflicting Northland whanau are preventable, such as rheumatic fever and skin infections, but little action was being taken in terms of treatment and prevention.
One of his current initiatives is developing an iPad app to help people identify and treat skin infections.
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