Dr Margot McLean
Dr Margot McLean is a public health medicine specialist, and spent many years working as a medical officer of health in Wellington and, for the past four years, in Tairawhiti, the East Coast of the North Island. She worked for four years as a district medical officer in Alice Springs and Darwin, flying out to provide primary care and public health support to remote communities. She has also worked in community paediatrics in a deprived area of South London, and worked as a general practitioner in Sydney and London.
Dr McLean has an additional role within Hauora Tairawhiti (the District Health Board) as the Clinical Director of Women, Child and Youth Services. Her focus for the role is ensuring high quality services which meet the needs of the community rather than the convenience of the providers. Health professionals often have a strong theoretical understanding of the determinants of health, but feel powerless to make a difference at a meta-level. She believes that to make a difference we need to examine our own assumptions and privilege, acknowledge historical injustices, consider our own health literacy, and partner with people who represent their high-needs communities.
Aside from her public health work, her interests include learning languages, cycling, running, crime novels, and tramping. Her GP husband and her recently completed the Te Araroa trail which stretches the length of New Zealand from Cape Reinga to Bluff.More information soon
Monday 6th May
Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (AFPHM)