Ko Awatea recently welcomed Dr Mataroria Lyndon and Dr Karina McHardy. Mataroria is a Clinical Fellow and Karina is a Fellow in Health Leadership and Innovation.
These positions are new to Ko Awatea and Mataroria and Karina are excited to take on their roles, share their ideas, learn from others and add value to the great work that is currently taking place throughout the organisation
Both bring different backgrounds, skills and perspectives to their roles.
Mataroria (Ngati Whatua, Ngati Hine, Tainui) was raised in South Auckland, and following his internship at Middlemore Hospital, worked as a resident Medical House Officer and a Research Fellow in the Department of Surgery at the University of Auckland. Mataroria is currently doing his PhD with a focus in medical education under the mentorship of Professor Andrew G. Hill. Click here to check out Mataroria’s Bio
Mataroria brings a mix of clinical and research experience to the role and is passionate about building up Ko Awatea’s academic profile. He is looking forward to contributing to the work around quality improvement and education within the health professions, and providing an advisory role to project teams that welcome his insight, knowledge and fresh perspective.
Karina has a diverse range of experience in health, both locally and internationally. Karina graduated from Auckland Medical School in 2006 and worked clinically at Auckland City Hospital. Karina then worked as a Clinical Medical Education Fellow for the University of Auckland before completing her MSc and PhD through the University of Oxford’s Department of Public Health, where she was a Commonwealth and Clarendon Scholar. She also worked as a global health and health promotion tutor at Oxford and has completed an internship with the WHO Regional Office for Europe. Click here for Karina’s bio
While Karina has learnt a lot from her time away she was happy to return to New Zealand under Health Workforce New Zealand’s Advanced Trainee Fellowship Scheme to take on her new role at Ko Awatea. She is looking forward to contributing to existing and planned projects and is already working with project leads to identify current challenges and areas of unrealised potential.
Karina also works 0.5FTE at Health Workforce New Zealand and has been tasked with coordinating activity nationally on health leadership development.
Both Mat and Karina are hoping to help influence and share Ko Awatea and CM Health’s broader vision, and ensure we are an internationally recognised centre of excellence in long-term strategic thinking for health, innovation, training and research. They both see tremendous possibility in what can be achieved by maximising the resources within.
“Karina and Mat are our young leaders, bringing exciting new skills and views on the system in which we work,” says Jonathon Gray, Director Ko Awatea. “I am confident the future of our health system is in great hands.”
“Both the current and future fellows will be thought leaders, broadening our networks, increasing our relevance to the issues of the present and importantly of the future.
“I am very grateful these young colleagues have offered some of their time to us, and I feel we all owe them our time, our guidance but perhaps most importantly our attention.”