Strong interest in Maori health
Tokoroa welcomes two new medical experts into the fold, with Doctor Thai Lee from the United States and nurse practitioner Josephine DavisWheaton from Northland.
Dr Lee, who has taken over Dr Fred Simpson’s former practice, is enjoying his new role.
‘‘ I have a keen interest in Maori culture and health, granted this sparked from watching the Whale Rider in the States when I was a teen.’’
Dr Lee is of South East Asian heritage and has taken a keen interest in the health care of indigenous cultures.
‘‘I noticed that in the States the South East Asian population had a high rate of diabetes. I did research on this topic which revealed that those with the disease were not told why they needed to care about their health or change their diet. I want to immerse myself in the health of Maori because I see striking similarities with the same diseases affecting the Maori people,’’ he said.
The US is very disease focused whereas New Zealand is more holistic, Dr Lee said. ‘‘ I’m here to observe and learn about medicine in New Zealand and to take the knowledge with me.’’
Nurse practitioner Mrs DavisWheaton is one of few practising the profession in New Zealand. A nurse practitioner is a nurse who has achieved a clinical masters qualification and has been recognised by the nursing council to practice at an advanced level. This means Mrs DavisWheaton will take on roles that were traditionally medical, such as diagnosis, being able to independently order tests and prescribe medication.
She will work at Caldwell and Lee, Tokoroa Primary Care and Medi Centre.
WELCOME: Doctor Thai Lee and nurse practitioner Josephine Davis-Wheaton are two new faces practising medicine in Tokoroa.