Shanthi Ameratunga

Professor Shanthi Ameratunga - public health physician and paediatrician

Professor Shanthi Ameratunga is based at the University of Auckland, where she served as the Deputy Head of the School of Population Health from 2009-2011. She grew up in Sri Lanka, and after completing her MBChB (Otago), specialised as a paediatrician and public health physician, working in Auckland, Northland and Wellington.

She undertook postgraduate studies at the Johns Hopkins University where she received the John C Hume Award for academic excellence. She now leads an internationally acclaimed program of research in injury prevention, trauma outcomes, disability and youth health, engaging in multi-centre studies in New Zealand, Pacific Island countries, Australia, Sri Lanka, and China. Her research has attracted over $25M from the Health Research Council of New Zealand, The Wellcome Trust (UK), National Health & Medical Research Council (Aus), WHO, the World Bank, and government agencies.

She received the 2013 Te Manaia Leadership Award from the Injury Prevention Network of Aotearoa NZ for her commitment to research capacity building. She has a keen interest in inequities in the determinants of health and access to health care, including among Asian and migrant youth.

She is convinced that addressing inequities and creating a positive future for our nation's young people requires us to embrace and value our diverse histories, cultural experiences and sources of resilience while seeking, with passion, open-minded ways of learning about and from each other.


Peter Fong

Dr Peter Fong - medical oncologist

Dr Peter Fong is a medical oncologist, specializing in gynaecological and prostate cancer. He is a University of Queensland medical graduate and has worked in both Australian and NZ hospitals, currently working in the Gynaecological Cancer and Genitourinary team at Auckland Hospital. He is also on the Research Advisory Committee of the Australia and New Zealand Gynaecology Oncology Group, as well as the Prostate Scientific Committee of the Australia and New Zealand Urogenital and Prostate Cancer Trials Group. Dr Fong is deeply involved in research, having led various oncology trials, from Phase I  to III.


James Jap

Dr James Jap - palliative care physician

Dr James Jap is Clinical Director and Palliative Care Physician at Totara Hospice South Auckland. Proudly New Zealand Chinese, James is also one of the co-founders of a Palliative Care virtual community of practice.


Angel Chen

Angel Chen - hospice social worker

Angel Chen is the Chinese Liaison at Mercy Hospice Auckland. Her role at Mercy Hospice is to support Chinese patients to understand the hospice services, coordinate services that might be suitable for Chinese patients and families, improve the awareness of palliative care in the Chinese community and to support the hospice to provide culturally appropriate palliative care services. She completed her nursing training in China and has also recently completed a Master of Applied Social Work at Massey University. Her recent Master’s research looks at social workers’ perspectives on a good death for Chinese patients and how to support Chinese patients and their families in palliative care.


Tanya Suin

Tanya Suin - hospice social worker

Tanya Lisha Suin, is a NZ registered Social Worker. She received her Bachelor of Arts from China in 1983 and has worked in the tertiary education sector since then.  She moved to New Zealand where she has lived for the last 20 years and worked in the New Zealand tertiary sector for another 8 years in administrative positions. She completed her Bachelor of Social Work in 2007 from the University of Auckland and has worked in the health sector until now. Tanya has a passion working with people from different cultural backgrounds. She has devoted a lot of her time engaging and working together with different ethnic groups for community education and capacity building.


Dr Walter Van Der Merwe

Dr Walter van der Merwe - nephrologist

Dr Walter van der Merwe is a specialist renal physician (nephrologist). Having worked in the public health system for the past 30 years, he is now in full-time private specialist practice.

He has a strong interest in and extensive experience with management of hypertension and arguably is one of the most experienced specialists in the field nationwide.

Dr van der Merwe also accepts referrals of patients with all forms of renal disease, including those requiring advice on the medical aspects of recurrent renal stone formation.


Viliami Tutone

Dr Viliami Tutone - nephrologist

Dr Viliami Tutone is a nephrologist at Middlemore Hospital. He was schooled in Tonga, bar Form 7 in Nelson College. He is a graduate of Auckland Medical School and completed his nephrology training in Auckland and Scotland.


Kitty Ko

Kitty Ko - renal dialysis patient

Kitty has been a renal patient since 1997 and had started CAPD dialysis in 2004 when she was 25 years old. Kitty was on dialysis for 7.5 years without any peritoneal infections, although she had had numerous health complications before she received her successful kidney transplantation in 2011.

Kitty was working full time in Counties Manukau Health Mental Health Services, studying part time for her Master of Health Sciences degree and had 3 dogs that she looked after like her children while she was on dialysis 4-5 times a day.

Kitty believes that patients can play an active and important role in renal dialysis treatment and is an advocate for self-managed care for long-term conditions.

Kitty will share with you her personal experience being as a young Chinese female renal dialysis patient and how the renal team in Counties Manukau Health and her worked together to keep her well while on dialysis. This enabled her to carry out responsibilities in the family, receive a kidney transplantation, and subsequently regain her health and energy before finally completing her Master's degree after 9 years.


Tim Hou

Dr Tim Hou - GP

Tim is a University of Otago graduate and has worked at Mangere Health Centre since 1999. He currently works part time as the Primary care lead for the At Risk Individual Program for Counties Manukau Health DHB and the Primary care lead for Diabetes at Counties Manukau Health DHB.


Denis Lee photo

Dr Denis Lee - GP

I have worked in general practice in Pakuranga for 28 years initially with my father, Gam Lee who was a previous President of ACMA. For the first 16 years I was a GP obstetrician before the long hours and politics made it unattractive.

I am currently working in a 11 GP practice, enjoying the company of my medical and nursing colleagues. Apart from general practice, I have interests in aviation medicine - as a medical examiner for CAA and for CASA; minor surgery; the elderly and palliative care.

Giving something more back to the community as a whole is important to me. I am chair of East Health Trust PHO, on the executive for PHO Alliance, chair of the Eastern Locality, director of East Health Services and Botany Junction Medical Limited.

The precious spare time is spent playing golf, walking, gardening and going out with my wife and friends.


Sue Lim

Sue Lim - WDHB eCALD National Programme Manager

Sue is currently leading the eCALD® national programme funded by the Ministry of Health as the eCALD® National Programme Manager working within Waitemata DHB’s Institute of Innovation and Improvement.

Sue provided leadership and contributed to the development of Waitemata DHB’s Asian Health Services between 2000 and 2015. During this time she developed a range of Asian-specific culture, language and interpretation services. Additionally, she is the founder and concept designer of the eCALD® programme and has produced a number of cross-cultural courses, resources and publications available on

Her commitment to the wider Asian community with the ongoing development of Asian resources and information has seen her receiving a Queen’s Service Medal in 2013. She has also received numerous Health Excellence Awards from Waitemata DHB as well as an Award for Outstanding Contribution towards the Health & Wellbeing of Asian Communities in NZ by the Centre for Asian & Ethnic Minority Research.


Edward Wong

Dr Edward Wong - neurologist

Edward Wong was born in Auckland and graduated from the University of Auckland's Medical School. He completed his Neurology training in Auckland and Stroke Fellowships in SUNY at Buffalo, New York and in UWO in London, Ontario. He returned to work in New Zealand in Wellington in 2002 and moved back to Auckland in 2009. He currently works in Middlemore Hospital's Stroke Department and Auckland City Hospital's Neurology Department, as well as in private practice.


Weldon Chiu

Dr Weldon Chiu - chemical pathologist

After graduating from the University of Hong Kong in 1989, Weldon spent more than 10yrs practising hospital general medicine both in Hong Kong and New Zealand. His training in Chemical Pathology was from New Zealand.

He was admitted as fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2004 and fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia in 2005. Since then, he has been working as a chemical pathologist at both Auckland City Hospital and Middlemore Hospital.


Melanie Ang

Dr Melanie Ang - paediatrician

I am a General Paediatrician at Kidz First Counties Manukau DHB working part-time at Module 4, Manukau Superclinic. In addition to general paediatric outpatient clinics, I have a special interest in food allergy and I am involved in triaging referrals from primary care. My other full-time job is parenting our 3 young children.


Dr Sai Wong - mod

Dr Sai Wong - psychiatrist

Dr Wong received his psychiatric training both in Hong Kong and New Zealand. He was the Clinical Director for South Auckland Mental Health Services from 1988 until 1998. He has frequently advocated the need for an integrated multicultural mental health service. In 2006, Dr Wong and his colleagues introduced a cultural Liaison-Consultation service to the public sectors in Auckland, emphasising cultural competency and access to Asian migrants.

In his private capacity, he works closely with other members of a group to form the Chinese Mental Health Consultant Services, providing multidisciplinary services to the Chinese. Dr Wong was also involved in the founding of the Chinese Life Line telephone counselling service and established a Day Centre for the elderly Chinese.

Dr Wong also gives lectures to Registrars on cross-cultural competency and recently initiated a monthly support group for them. Attempting to enhance competency in cultural skills, he also participates in regular CALD workshops for both Mental Health workers and interpreters. In collaboration with the Auckland University of Technology, a few papers on Chinese mental health issues has been published.

For his services, he was awarded the Officer of New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM). Reluctant to retire, he calls himself the "recycled furniture" of Mental Health Services.


Zhuoshi Zhang

Zhuoshi Zhang - diabetes dietician

I am a diabetes dietitian working in Waitemata DHB. Before this job, I worked as an inpatient dietitian at Waitakere Hospital. Diabetes is my special interest area, as well as working with patients from different ethnicities. I am now doing a PhD with the University of Otago on diabetes online education. I was born in Chengdu, China and have been living in New Zealand for the past nine years.


Cecilia Wing-Chun Wong-Cornall

Cecilia Wing-Chun Wong-Cornall - nurse

Cecilia is a PhD candidate at the School of Nursing, University of Auckland. She was born in Hong Kong and grew up on the North Shore of Auckland as a 1.5 generation migrant. Following the completion of undergraduate studies, she explored various research and professional roles in the area of community health services and programme evaluation while completing further postgraduate studies. Her personal experiences as an informal family carer for her mother who suffered a stroke stimulated research interests in the area of informal caregiving experiences and migrant/ethnic minority healthcare services experiences. Cecilia is a staff member of the Centre for Asian and Ethnic Minority Health Research, School of Population Health. Her PhD project is part of an international study funded by the New Zealand Health Research Council on integrated community-based primary healthcare supporting older adults. Cecilia is a member of the Young Carer New Zealand Advisory Board.


Shuan Dai

Dr Shuan Dai - ophthalmologist

1. Senior Consultant Ophthalmologist
- Paediatric Ophthalmologist & Adult Strabismus
- Starship Children’s Hospital & Auckland City Hospital, University of Auckland, New Zealand
2. Fellowship director for Paediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus, University of Auckland
3. Chair of New Zealand Paediatric Ophthalmology Special Interest Group
4. Chair of Course/Symposium Committee, Scientific Committee of the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
5. Founding director, Eye Doctors
6. Chair of the Childhood Visual Impairment Program Worldwide Committee of International Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Council
7. Member of American Association of Paediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus
8. Member of Asian Pacific Paediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus Society

Shuan specializes in strabismus & cataract surgery. He consults and operates privately through Eye Doctors at Ascot and Botany. Besides his busy clinical duties, he also runs a very successful paediatric ophthalmology & strabismus Fellowship program at the University of Auckland, which attracts Fellows from the UK, Canada and USA. He is actively involved in clinical research into paediatric eye diseases, supervising two PhD students, and has a research grant of more than two million dollars. Shuan is a world authority on the Retinopathy of Prematurity(ROP) and a pioneer in ROP telemedicine in the world .

He has authored over 40 peer-reviewed publications and has presented at over 60 conferences - internationally and nationally, as Keynote speaker, invited speaker and presenter.


Michelle Wong

Dr Michelle Wong - otorhinolaryngologist

Michelle is a Kiwi graduate who trained in Sydney and the UK. She moved back to Auckland 4 years ago to take up an Otologist position at Auckland City Hospital. She has a special interest in general otorhinolaryngology, childhood and adult ear diseases, KTP laser ear surgery and minimally invasive endoscopic ear surgery. Michelle has been involved in starting the New Zealand Dizziness and Balance Centre - the first of its kind in NZ. She has been running courses in training other ENT Surgeons with the use of the KTP in the middle ear and is a Senior lecturer at Auckland Medical School. She also works privately in a group practice: the Auckland ENT Group.


Peter Poon

Mr Peter Poon - orthopaedic surgeon

Following orthopaedic specialist training in New Zealand, Mr Poon undertook further clinical fellowships in Australia, UK and Canada. Shoulder and Elbow fellowships were undertaken in Sydney and in Oxford. A Shoulder and Knee Arthroscopy and Sports fellowship was undertaken at the University of Calgary Sports Medical Centre. Hip and Knee fellowships were undertaken in Oxford and in Toronto. Mr Poon works in both private and public practice, helping to establish the new orthopaedic department at North Shore Hospital, and teaching registrars, house surgeons, nurses and physiotherapists.


Dr Garsing Wong - appearance medicine specialist

DR. Garsing WONG, Registered medical practitioner in New Zealand, United Kingdom and Switzerland. Born 1965 in Auckland, graduated from the University of Auckland with Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery 1991, Bachelor of Human Biology 1987, Advanced Certificate in the Principles and Practices of Radiochemistry 1987 and the Diploma in Community Emergency Medicine 1996 as well as completing the Laser Training Course, University of Queensland 2005

MBChB, BHB, Dip. Comm. Em. Med., Adv Cert PP Radiochemistry, FRNZCUC, FRNZCGP, MNZSCM.

Dr Garsing Wong has a cosmetic clinic well known for its specialised Botox® treatments for lower facial contouring, sweat treatment (hyperhidrosis), migraine treatment with Botox®, as well as catering for the popular anti-wrinkle properties of Botox® used for frown lines and crows feet. In addition to our innovative non surgical eyelid lift procedure, and running a dedicated Migraine Clinic, Dr Wong has introduced the first Venus Viva Nanofractional Ablative Radiofrequency Skin Rejuvenator with the MP2 skin tightening procedure also known as the Venus Freeze into New Zealand. Dr Garsing Wong continues to keep his hand in giving educational talks for the New Zealand Society of Cosmetic Medicine, holding workshops and being an examiner for the Royal New Zealand College of Urgent Care.

Present Positions:
Director of Sapphire Appearance Medicine Clinic and Chronic Migraine Clinic.
Fellow of the College of Urgent Care Physicians (formerly known as the Accident and Medical Practitioners Association)
Fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners
Member of the International Hyperhidrosis Society.
Registered with New Zealand Medical Council and the General Medical Council, United Kingdom.

Past Positions:
Former Censor for the New Zealand College of Appearance Medicine 2012-2013
Former Secretary and Treasurer of the New Zealand College of Appearance Medicine 2010-2012
Former Chairman of the Royal New Zealand College of Urgent Care (prev. known as The Accident and Medical Practitioners Association)
Former Professional Member of the International Association for Organotherapy and Stem Cell Transplantation, Switzerland
Former Member of the Primary Care Advisory Group - Ministry of Social Development New Zealand 2007-2012
Former Medical Director of the White Cross West Auckland Accident and Medical Clinic 1996-1999
Worked in Worthing, Southlands, Orpington and Medway Hospital in England, United Kingdom. General Surgery and General Medicine in Regionalspital Thun, Switzerland.

2011 Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, Vol 10, pages 93-96 "Phosphatidyl Choline Lipolysis and Hyaluronic Acid Augmentation to Enhance Non-Surgical Lower Facial Contouring Using Botulinum Toxin Type A, Drs Garsing Roger Wong and Wen-Pei Chen".

2006 September The Journal of Sexual Medicine, Vol. 3 Issue 5 Page 892 Vardenafil Improved Erectile Function in a "Real-Life" Broad Population Study of Men with Moderate to Severe Erectile Dysfunction in Australia and New Zealand, Research Investigator for Bayer/GlaxoSmithKline Vardenafil Trial SB-782528-020.


Vivian Cheung

Vivian Cheung - Plunket

Vivian Cheung has a Masters Degree in Psychology (Auckland University), and she currently employed as the National Advisor – Asian Peoples for Plunket. Vivian has been involved in a number of community organizations, such as ARMS (Auckland Regional Migrant Services Trust), and TANI (The Asian Network Inc), which she chaired from 2002-2005.

Her leadership in TANI saw the publication of the first epidemiology study on Asian peoples in New Zealand, which subsequently gained funding from the MoH to deliver Public Health initiatives in the Asian Community.

Vivian was previously employed as the National Manager for Asian Development for ACC; Researcher at AUT, and Senior Advisor at TEC. Vivian currently sits on the Board of Chinese New Settlers Services Trust (CNSST) and serves on the Committee for CAHRE (Centre for Asian and Ethnic Minority Health Research) at School of Population Health, University of Auckland.


Sandra Innes

Sandra Innes - Plunket

Sandra Innes is the Plunket National Advisor Policy and Professional Standards and the Plunket Professional Development Recognition Programme (PDRP) coordinator. Sandra has a background of over 20 years work experience as a Plunket nurse, having predominantly spent that time working within Counties Manukau.


Gloria Gao

Gloria Gao - Chinese New Settler's Trust

Gloria Gao is the Social Services Manager at the Chinese New Settlers Services Trust, a post she has held since 2006. She is also currently a member of the COGS Manukau Committee in the Department of Internal Affairs. From 2004 to 2006, she was the Manager in Education at Euramasia International Ltd.


FangFang Chen

Fang Fang Chen - Chinese New Settler's Trust

Fangfang Chen is a social worker and programme coordinator at the Chinese New Settlers Services Trust. She holds a Bachelor of Social Work (Hons) from the University of Auckland; being a registered social worker since 2014 with five years of front-line social work experience. Fangfang has also been involved in various programmes and project coordination, including HBHF, the SKIP Parenting programme, the Active Health Strong Communities programme, the Parenting for Teenagers programme and the Senior Handcraft programme, amongst many others.


Karen Chung

Karen Chung - 4th year medical student

Karen Chung is a 4th year medical student at the University of Auckland currently based at Middlemore Hospital. Over her preclinical years she has been involved with YACMA (Young Auckland Chinese Medical Association) and is currently the president of the organisation. She was also the recipient of the CHAINZ 2015-2016 Summer Studentship, which involved coordinating a project focused on educating the Chinese community about common health issues.