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Dr Karaponi Okesene-Gafa

18 April 2021

Dr Karaponi (Kara) Okesene-Gafa has been co-opted as the academic representative to Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku and attended the first meeting of 2021 on 1 March.

Kara, of Pacific ethnicity, is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Auckland, and Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Middlemore Hospital. She has been a RANZCOG Fellow since 2002.

Kara was educated in Samoa then awarded a scholarship by the Niue government to travel to New Zealand for her final year of high school, and to attend the University of Otago medical school. Kara completed her RANZCOG training at National Women’s in Auckland and Wellington Women’s Hospital. Kara combines clinical and academic work, while juggling family life. As a senior lecturer, Kara has been involved in teaching medical students and research projects with a special interest in interventions for women with obesity and diabetes during pregnancy. She is also a committee member for the Global Health committee in RANZCOG, and Vice President of the Pacific Society of Reproductive Health (PSRH), a Charitable Trust set up to support professional development for reproductive and neonatal healthcare professionals in the Pacific.



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