Kirsten, whose family is originally from Opotiki, trained in Dunedin before moving to Riverton four years ago for her now-husband.
Ko Makeo te maunga, ko Waiawa te awa, ko Te Whakatohea te iwi, ko Ngati Ruatakena te hapu, ko Omarumutu te marae, ko Kirsten Taplin Mckay toku ingoa. Kei te noho ahau ki Aparima me taku tane, kuri me heihei. Kei te tumanako tatou ki te timata i te whanau.
Kirsten spent three years working at Southland Hospital in ED, medicine, Paediatrics and obstetrics and gynaecology and completed a post graduate child health diploma and Women’s health certificate during this time. Kirsten then entered into the GP training scheme with RNZCGP and spent the past year completing her first year of training at the Invercargill Medical Centre.
She applied for the position at He Puna Waiora because “it seemed that we shared the same health philosophy. I am passionate about delivering quality primary care services for the community and He Puna Waiora shared this sentiment. I am excited about utilising the amazing wrap around service here at NKMP.”
Outside of work Kirsten enjoys running, getting outdoors and utilising our beautiful Southland surrounds as well as spending time with family.
Callum, who is originally from Invercargill and is Ngai Tahu, trained at Otago University before moving back to Invercargill.
Callum, who has a strong interest in mental health, has worked at the Southland Hospital, as well as Winton Medical and Catherine Street Medical.
He enjoys talking to people and is looking forward to working at He Puna Waiora.
Outside of work he is heavily involved in the local theatre scene - Shakespeare in the Park, Invercargill Repertory Society - and enjoys skiing. He also has two samoyed dogs which he sleds occasionally.