The following Pinnacle Incorporated GPs provide clinical support to Pinnacle Midlands Health Network across various programmes
I have been a GP in Hamilton since 1986, initially in a two-doctor practice, then a large group practice and now practicing part-time. I also spent a year doing rural locums around New Zealand in 2005. An interest in medicolegal issues and patient safety led me to my current position as in-house advisor to the Health and Disability Commissioner, and I am involved in GP education as chief examiner for the RNZCGP written exams. I enjoy the contact with colleagues my Pinnacle GP liaison role allows and together with the rest of the practice support team we aim to provide practical assistance to your team wherever possible.
Mike Tombleson, Lakes
I've been a GP in Taupo's Lake Surgery for the last 27 years and was a practice owner till 2017. I've also been a GP liaison for Pinnacle for the last 10 years. My 'other hats' have included being a CME provider for the Taupo GP community for the last 20 years for RNZCGP and later for Pinnacle. I'm a registrar/student teacher also. I currently provide GP liaison support for practices in Taupo, Turangi, Taumarunui and Rotorua. I'm been excited to be part of the Health Care Home team since 2016, supporting all Taupo/Turangi practices implementing the Health Care Home model.
Kerry Macaskill-Smith, indiciTM
Maree McCrackenI'm a GP at South City Health in Hamilton where I've practicing there for four years, having completed my GP training in Dannevirke.
I'm passionate about general practice and the relationships it allows health professionals to build with patients and wh?nau. I'm also particularly passionate about equity in access to primary care for our most vulnerable, and working to make sure that care is of high quality as well as being flexible and responsive.
As Pinnacle MHN clinical director - primary mental health I hope to represent the "GP voice" in decision making processes and develop relationships within the mental health sector to support those working in general practice.
Education and youth health
I have worked as a GP in a variety of both rural and urban practices since I completed GP training in 1992. I started working at Piopio College in the King Country in 2003 and have enjoyed working in secondary schools since then. I am currently providing GP services in six schools throughout the Waikato, including Oparure, Te Awamutu and Matamata.
As GP lead for school based services I feel responsible for bringing a GP voice to discussions on youth health, including the DHB system level measures working group. In addition I hope to bring a youth focus to GP discussions. My main role, however, is to support the dedicated school based health service team of GPs and nurses.
In 2013 I was fortunate to be supported by the Pinnacle Education Committee to travel to Pegasus in Christchurch to observe their small group education programme. A successful pilot of our version of small group education, the Pinnacle Education Pods was completed in 2017 and we are very pleased to have been able to expand this programme to Taranaki and Tairawhiti in 2018.
Pinnacle education pod leads
- Joe Cornforth, Hamilton
- Rebekah Doran, Hamilton
- Natalie Clarke, Lakes
- Lucinda Thatcher, Tairawhiti
- Jennifer Hughes, Taranaki
- Jo Scott-Jones, virtual group
If you have a clinical query, contact Pinnacle's medical director Dr Jo Scott-Jones.