February 27, 2014
Innovation springs from NZer of Year
The New Zealander of the Year isn’t resting on his laurels.
Kaitaia GP Lance O’Sullivan was last night given the Kiwibank-sponsored award for his efforts to improve healthcare for low income communities in the far north.
These include running a low-fee practice and setting up a special clinic to bring primary healthcare to students from 14 of the region’s primary and intermediate schools.
His wife Tracey O’Sullivan says he’s also developed a technology-based service to bring healthcare to tamariki who can’t get to his clinic.
It was launched on Tuesday at Te Hapua, New Zealand’s northernmost community.
"It’s really exciting and we’ve had support from some amazing people across the country who have helped with the technology, building apps, ipads, and just heaps of support," Mrs O’Sullivan says.
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