Louise Albertella, a youth health physician with an interest in childhood obesity has just been made a fellow at Ko Awatea.
Dr Albertella, who also works at Counties Manukau Health Kidz First Community Health and the Centre for Youth Health, says she was keen to be involved in Ko Awatea’s multi-sectoral Health Equity campaign because of its strong focus on childhood obesity.
Dr Albertella works with many obese young people and their families in a clinical setting and is also studying towards a master’s degree in public health.
“This was a great opportunity to combine my paediatric and population health knowledge whilst being involved in the health equity campaign,” she says.
The former UK resident has extensive experience in child health, having begun her paediatric training at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.
After moving to New Zealand in 2007, she continued her general paediatric training through the Royal College of Physicians (Paediatrics and Child Health).
Dr Albertella, who spent 2016 working as senior medical officer at the Centre for Youth Health, describes youth health as her passion. This year she will continue to work at the centre two days a week, and spend the remaining three at Ko Awatea.