July 26, 2022
Dr Matire Harwood awarded medal for dedication to hauora Māori
Dedicated Māori health advocate recognised with College of GPs award
Tamaki Makaurau based Registrar (GP in training) Dr Matire Harwood (Ngā Puhi) has been awarded a Community Service Medal at GP22: the Conference for General Practice.
The Community Service Medal recognises members who have made an outstanding contribution to general practice through work in their own communities.
Dr Harwood has a passion for improving Māori health and reducing health inequities. She does this by working as a general practitioner at Papakura Marae Health Clinic in South Auckland and as a Senior Lecturer in Māori Health at the University of Auckland where she teaches students and acts as a supervisor for Māori doctoral students.
College President Dr Samantha Murton says, “Dr Harwood is well-known as a Hauora Māori leader and her passion for improving Māori health outcomes through research, advocacy, education and clinical practice is really making a difference.”
Her interests have also led to Dr Harwood to undertake medical research on asthma, heart disease and diabetes.
Throughout the COVID-19 response Dr Harwood has also been a regular commentator in the media about the importance of vaccination and boosters, vaccine hesitancy, and changes to Alert Levels to ensure vulnerable communities are as safe as possible.