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The spirit of Counties

Counties Manukau Health is proud to have one of former staff members appointed to the Māori Health Authority, taking a leadership role in the health reforms, Hauora Māori and equity across Aotearoa.

Dr Mataroria Lyndon says his connection with Counties Manukau Health began early as a student at Tangaroa College, when Steven McKernan, CM Health’s CEO at the time, came to the school as ‘Principal for a Day’, an initiative designed to expose South Auckland students to positive role models. 

“This inspired my journey with CM Health and along the way I could see the importance of having Maaori and Pacific health professionals and for them to be role models in their whaanau and community, especially in such a diverse community as South Auckland.

“Our health services need to reflect the community it serves.”

Mataroria was awarded a South Auckland Health Scholarship and after completing his medical school placement years at Middlemore Hospital, he took on the role of Resident Medical Officer from 2011-2012 and then became a Clinical Fellow and Lead in Ko Awatea in 2013-2016. 

Eager to grow the Maaori and Pacific workforce, Mataroria completed his Ph.D. under the supervision of Professor Andrew Hill at the South Auckland Clinical Campus investigating motivation among Maaori and Pacific medical students to become doctors and their well-being during medical school. 

“The training and learning experiences I had at Counties were invaluable. When you are working in a community with high health needs innovation is important and at Counties, it's like ‘Let’s do it, let’s get it done. That's the spirit of Counties.’”

With the world his oyster (or perhaps a radiant Paua the better analogy), he headed to Harvard University as a Fulbright and Frank Knox Fellow to complete a Masters of Public Health and returned to Counties to join the Maaori Health Team in 2018-2019. 

“Once you are connected to Counties, you are always connected through your wider roles and relationships.

“That’s what is really special - the relationships you build continues through your career - like the mentorship from people like Professor Andrew Hill.

“I continue to work with people and groups I was connected to at Counties like the Maaori Child Health Research Group.”

As well his role on the Māori Health Authority, Mataroria is also Senior Lecturer in Medical Education at the University of Auckland and the co-founder and Clinical Director of Tend Health – a digitally led primary care provider here in Taamaki Makarau.

Thank you for your important contribution and the mahi you are doing for health equity.

You can read about Mataroria's mentor Professor Andrew Hill's work here.

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