May 13, 2014
Tapsell honoured for indigenous mental health mahi
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists has given Dr Rees Tohiteururangi Tapsell its Mark Sheldon Prize for outstanding contribution to indigenous mental health.
Dr Tapsell is Waikato District Health Board’s director of clinical services and also heads its area of mental health services.
Since gaining his post-graduate fellowship in psychiatry in 1998 he has worked alongside other Maori leaders like Sir Mason Durie to shape Maori mental health development and service delivery for over a decade and half.
He has also been an active member of the college, including serving as a councilor and the chair of its Te Kaunihera committee, which provides advice and support on issues relating to Maori.
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