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Dr Lance O'Sullivan
Dr Lance O'Sullivan is passionate about improving healthcare. And, as a general practitioner in Kaitaia, his vision to eradicate all poverty-related illnesses has made basic healthcare much more accessible to Northland people.
He and his wife Tracy are the driving force behind low-cost health clinic Te Kohanga Whakaora ("The Nest of Wellness") which offers flexible forms of payment and walk-in appointments.
Lance has also been instrumental in establishing several programmes aimed at improving child health. The Manawa Ora Korokoro Ora (Moko) programme, based at Kaitaia Primary School is Northland's first full-time, school-based health clinic. It aims to give medical care to up to 2,000 children at 14 primary and intermediate schools.
His Kainga Ora ("Well Home") initiative fixes run-down homes in the community advancing the concept that wellness begins in warm safe homes.
Lance's unyielding compassion means that he and his supporters will not rest until every child in the community lives in a healthy environment.