TO THE FUTURE: CHINESE HEALTH IN NEW ZEALAND SPEAKER PROFILES
Dr Yumin Lin - geriatrician
Dr Yu-Min Lin is a Consultant Geriatrician working at Middlemore Hospital since 2012. Originally from Taiwan, he moved to New Zealand in 1988 and therefore speaks fluent Mandarin. He obtained his medical degree from Otago University. He underwent dual specialist training in Geriatrics and Internal Medicine in the Auckland region. He has a broad interest in General Geriatrics, however has a passion for dementia in particular. He is the lead Geriatrician working with the pilot “Memory Team” in developing a regional dementia pathway at Counties Manukau Health. Another passion for him is to help the Chinese people of Auckland to increase their health awareness. Since 2013 he has been involved with sessions on World TV speaking on a variety of issues including cerebrovascular disease, dementia and osteoporosis.
Alda Lee - dietician
I am a NZ Registered dietitian trained at Otago University. My background in nutrition comes from a number of years in the hospital arena then moving on to the private sector where I have been in private practice for over 25 years.
I provide advice in all aspects of nutritional care for both adults and children in areas such as Food Intolerances/Allergies and Digestive Problems, Irritable Bowel, Coeliac Disease, Elevated Cholesterol, Diabetes, Weight Loss, High Blood Pressure, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Bone Health, and Healthy Eating. I work with each individual to develop an eating plan personalised to their needs.
Sue Lim - service manager for Waitemata health support services
Sue Lim, QSM, is currently the Service Manager of Asian Health Support Services in Waitemata DHB. In this role, Sue has developed a range of Asian culture and language-specific allied health support services as well as primary and secondary health interpreting service to support WDHB secondary (including mental health) and primary care services. She has also led a number of Asian health strategic and research projects. In addition, Sue has gathered experts in the field to develop the first-of-its-kind online and face-to-face CALD (Cultural Competency Training Programme) as well as online cross-cultural resources in New Zealand. These are available to primary and secondary care health practitioners working in the Auckland region via the CALD website www.caldresources.org.nz. In addition, Sue’s focus is also to look at ways to develop the cultural capability of the primary, secondary and NGO health workforce. Seven of her initiatives have won her WDHB - Clinical and Health Excellence Awards over the last 14 years.
Eric Ho - pharmacist
Eric Ho, BPharm (Otago 1997), PCNZ, PSNZ is originally from Malaysia and can speak several Chinese dialects. He is based at Grafton Pharmacy and has 17 years of community pharmacy experience. He works in conjunction with the Infectious Diseases Department (Antiretrovirals), Renal Dialysis Unit, Liver and Renal Transplant Units, Sexual Health Department and Haematology Department, Auckland City Hospital, supplying specialized medications for them. In addition to this, his pharmacy is involved as a dispensing pharmacy for clinical trials with the Liggins Institute and the Department of Haematology, University of Auckland. Eric is passionate about the Asian community and is an active speaker on a health awareness programme on World TV through CHAINZ (Chinese Health Awareness Initiative New Zealand).
Dr Shuan Dai - ophthalmologist
Dr Shuan Dai is a Chinese-trained ophthalmologist with fellowships from Canada and New Zealand sub-specializing in paediatric ophthalmology, strabismus and paediatric neuro-ophthalmology. He works as a consulting ophthalmologist for the Blind and Low Vision Network, Auckland District Health Board, Greenlane Clinical Centre and Starship Hospital. He also consults privately at Ascot Hospital and Eye Doctors as Director. Shuan also teaches at medical undergraduate and post-graduate level and is a PhD and Fellowship supervisor in the University of Auckland. He is the lead paediatric ophthalmologist providing neonatal screening & treatment for Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) in the greater Auckland region. He also established the first remote telemedicine ROP screening program which provides regional coverage for all three District Health Boards in Auckland. Shuan is active in research and is currently involved in two large multidisciplinary research projects with the Liggins Institute as well as three other ophthalmological projects with grants totalling over 1.3 million dollars. He has co-published over 23 journal articles and 26 conference proceedings. He speaks fluent Mandarin and English.
Dr Michelle Wong - otologist and ENT surgeon
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. She is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese.
Dr Melinda Hii - obstetrician and gynaecologist
I attended medical school at Melbourne University in Australia and graduated MB BS in 1993. I came to New Zealand in 1995 and completed my specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Auckland, with a Fellowship year in Brisbane, Australia, obtaining my FRANZCOG. I also spent time with the Flying Obstetric and Gynaecology Service in outback Queensland.
I have been in private practice since 2005. I enjoy a busy and varied general gynaecological practice. I see and treat women of all ages with a broad range of gynaecological problems which include menstrual problems (heavy or irregular periods), pelvic pain, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, fibroids, polycystic ovarian syndrome and abnormal smears. My main interests are laparoscopic surgery and colposcopy.
I am married with two children. When not at work, my twin babies keep me fully occupied and entertained!
Dr Sze-Lin Peng - general and colo-rectal surgeon
Sze-Lin Peng graduated from the University of Auckland and obtained her fellowship in General Surgery from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2009. She undertook a 2 year post-FRACS fellowship under the Colorectal Society of Australia and NZ (CSSANZ) in Adelaide and Melbourne. Before returning to NZ she worked as a locum consultant colorectal surgeon at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. Sze-Lin has trained in all aspects of colorectal surgery including laparoscopy and transanal minimally invasive surgery, anorectal disease, inflammatory bowel disease, pelvic floor disorders and colonoscopy. She has public appointment at Middlemore Hospital where she also performs acute general surgery including laparoscopic cholecystectomy, hernia repair and trauma. Additionally, she has a keen interest in audit and clinical teaching, including instructing on RACS ASSET and CCrISP courses.
Dr Louis Lao - radiation oncologist
Dr Louis Lao is a graduate of the University of Otago and completed his training in Radiation Oncology at Auckland City Hospital. He subsequently completed 2 years of clinical research fellowship at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto, Canada. He currently holds a position as Radiation Oncologist at Auckland City Hospital (Public) and Auckland Radiation Oncology (Private) as well as an honorary position at the University of Auckland.
Dr Pui Ling Chang - diabetologist/endocrinologist
Dr Pui Ling Chan, MD, FRACP is a diabetologist/endocrinologist and consultant internal medicine physician based at Middlemore Hospital and the Macmurray Specialist Centre. She completed her specialist training in the Auckland region. Pui Ling is originally from Malaysia and therefore speaks Mandarin and Cantonese as well as other Chinese dialects. Her areas of interest include:
1. Diabetes Mellitus
2. Metabolic Bone Diseases e.g. Osteoporosis, Paget’s disease
3. Calcium/parathyroid disorders
4. Thyroid, pituitary and adrenal diseases
5. Female reproductive diseases e.g. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), menopause
6. Hypertension management
She also actively involved in medical student teaching and examinations. Pui Ling is also passionate about the health awareness of the Chinese community. She has been actively participating in Chinese WTV interviews, providing educational articles for the CHAINZ website, and giving lectures at public health seminars organised by the New Zealand Health Foundation for Asian and Ethnic Communities.
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.
Dr Andrew To - cardiologist
Andrew To is a cardiologist, and the Director of Cardiac CT at North Shore Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand. After advanced cardiology training at the Greenlane Cardiovascular Unit, he completed the Advanced Multimodality Imaging Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic, Ohio. He is currently practicing non-invasive cardiology (echocardiography, cardiac CT and cardiac MRI). He also has an interest in Chinese heart health, and is a co-founder of the Chinese Health Awareness Initiative in New Zealand (CHAINZ) within the Auckland Chinese Medical Association.
Dr Sai Wong - psychiatrist
Dr Sai Wong received his psychiatric training both in Hong Kong and New Zealand where he has been living for the past 30 years. In his capacity as a consultant, he works both in the public and private sectors. In the public service, his experience is in both acute and chronic psychiatry. He was the Clinical Director for South Auckland Mental Health Services from 1988 till 1998. In his private capacity, he works closely with other members of a group he founded: Chinese Mental Health Consultant Services, providing multidisciplinary services for the Chinese.
Dr Wong has spent much time working amidst the Chinese population in New Zealand, giving lectures both to local community and professional groups on mental health issues. He has frequently advocated the need for an integrated mental health service for the Chinese. Together with Chinese community leaders, he submitted a paper to the Health Minister in 1994 addressing mental health needs of the Chinese. The proposal only came to fruition in 2006 when Dr Wong and his colleague managed to implement an Asian Liaison Consultation Service within the public sector.
In his own time, 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. With other members of the Chinese Mental Health Trust, Dr. Wong has been involved in projects in Domestic Violence and in the compilation of a “Guide to Talking Therapies for the Asian”.
Dr Wong is a senior clinical lecturer at Auckland University Medical School, and the psychiatric registrar training program on Transcultural Psychiatry. As part of a National Workforce Development Project, Dr Wong is involved in providing National Workshops for Mental Health Workers, and the Mental Health Interpreters' training program. In collaboration with the Auckland University of Technology, he is engaged in mental health research activities among the Chinese population in Auckland and has published a few papers on Chinese mental health issues.
Patrick Au - counsellor
Patrick Au RPN, MEd (Counselling)(First Class Hons) was initially trained as a Psychiatric Nurse in Hong Kong. Over the last 30 years, Patrick has worked in various mental health settings both in Hong Kong and New Zealand (the latter since 1991).
Patrick is currently the Team Leader of the Asian Mental Health Service at Auckland District Health Board. Since 2003, Patrick has been heavily involved in a number of research projects and workshops relating to the promotion of mental well-being for Asian people.
In addition to his work with the DHB, Patrick is a Ministry of Justice and Department of Corrections approved Relationship Counsellor and Stopping Family Violence Programme Provider.
In 2010, Patrick, together with a group of mental health professionals, set up a Mental Health and Social Service for Chinese migrants. This Service evolved into the “Vagus Centre”, with the funding from the Department of Social Development. At Vagus Centre, Patrick and his colleagues have been running family-focused psychological services to the Asian Community since 2011.
Kitty Ko - Asian mental health co-ordinator for Counties-Manukau
Kitty Ko is the Asian Mental Health Service Development Coordinator for Counties Manukau Health. She has a degree in psychology and a master's degree in health sciences specialising in mental health. Kitty is responsible for developing culturally-appropriate and responsive mental health services for Asians residing in Counties Manukau, and to enhance awareness of mental health services amongst Asian communities. Current projects include: the SAMHIG (South Asian Mental Health Inter-agency Group) and Enriching Lives. These are inter-agency projects between mental health, addiction services, primary health, the justice and community sectors.