From 1999 to 2003 I was a journalist for; The Midweek, a community newspaper in New Plymouth. The Waikato Times, the daily newspaper for the Hamilton, Waikato region and New Zealand Doctor, a fortnightly national publication for general practitioners. You can read a selection of articles below by clicking on the blue links.
New Zealand Doctor – The Doctor Josie series. These are four articles from a series based on a fictional GP, Dr Josie. Each week looked at real issues facing general practice and included expert advice from two experienced GPs and a practice manager.
Locum or buy – was your choice right. The first in a series of 13 articles that follow Dr Josie as she lays down the foundation for her career as a GP.
Sage GP says put family before practice. This is the final article in the 13 – part series.
Please click on the following links to see more articles
New Zealand Doctor – Investing in art not all money and hard work
New Zealand Doctor – Generic woes
New Zealand Doctor – Clinical governance
The Waikato Times – Slide rules
Please click on Waikato Times articles to see the following articles.
Starting over, 9 October 1999 – Co-written with Helen van Berkel. This story looks at the fears and barriers facing refugees starting their new lives in New Zealand.
Mission says rents main poverty cause, 13 November 1999, This article looks at a report, Hidden Hunger, the New Zealand Network Against Food Poverty and the impact new market rents were having on families.
Turkish police silence human rights doctors, 8 November 2000. A conference of doctors was cancelled after Turkish police insisted on staying for the meeting and filming delegates. The meeting was to discuss the issues affecting the health care of prisoners.
From ‘free’ black to indigenous doctor, 3 July 2002. An interview with Doctor Louis Peachy about life growing up as an indigenous Australian and his journey to becoming one of the first four indigenous Australians to become a doctor.
Frontline Hong Kong doc advises on SARS, 9 April 2003. Accident and Emergency consultant Patrick Wong talks about the outbreak of SARS and the tragic impact in those early days. He also gave advice on how New Zealand A&E clinics and General Practices could prepare for an expected outbreak in New Zealand.