Dr Lily Fraser recognised with top College honour at GP23

23 July 2023

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A specialist GP and passionate advocate for M膩ori health has been awarded Distinguished Fellowship of 麻豆视频入口.

Dr Lily Fraser (Kai Tahu) is dedicated to improving and promoting health equity for M膩ori and done this through her roles for local, regional, and national organisations, communicating seamlessly in both Te Reo M膩ori and English.

She was the first ever kura kaupapa graduate to study medicine and receive a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery in Aotearoa.

Dr Fraser is a long-term member of Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa (Te ORA) and since 2014 has been Clinical Director of Turuki Health in South Auckland, a clinic which attracts M膩ori and Pasifika GPs. Here, she was instrumental in implementing a new hauora M膩ori model of care that was focused on team-based care and providing the very best care to patients and their wh膩nau.

She recently moved to Dunedin and is now Clinical Director for Te Kaika, who provide high-quality, low-cost healthcare and social services for all M膩ori, Pasifika and low-income communities across the Otago region.

College President Dr Samantha Murton says, 鈥淟ily鈥檚 compassionate and collaborative approach to improving health outcomes for M膩ori truly embodies manaakitanga.

鈥淗er commitment to M膩ori health is also carried through into her teaching and advisory roles at the College. Lily is an active member of Te Akoranga a M膩ui, our M膩ori representative group, she has provided guidance on policy and advocacy work, and she assists our M膩ori registrars as they work towards becoming specialist GPs.鈥

Dr Fraser also contributed to the College鈥檚 鈥榮pecialise as a GP鈥 campaign where she shared why she chose the general practice specialty and how the workforce makes a difference to the lives of their communities.

This year, five College Fellows received Distinguished Fellowship which is awarded for outstanding service to the College or Division of Rural Hospital Medicine鈥檚 work and for making a sustained contribution to general practice, medicine, or the health and wellbeing of the community.

GP23: the Conference for General Practice runs from 21-23 July in Auckland.

Dr Lily Fraser outside her practice
Dr Lily Fraser