MARSTON MOOR NEWS

11-Jul-15

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Dr Lance O'Sullivan ' The Good Doctor

by Editor

Lance O'Sullivan is a man on a mission.

Maori children die prematurely of accidents, asthma, child abuse, sudden infant death syndrome, violence and preventable communicable diseases. As young adults it’s suicides, car accidents and alcohol-related deaths and later on the killers are heart disease, heart attacks, cancers and diabetes.

It’s a sobering statistic that three out of four of the youngsters Dr Lance O’Sullivan sees in his Kaitaia clinic probably won’t live beyond the age of 65 but what gets our charismatic ‘New Zealander of the Year’ out of bed every morning and cycle the 15 kilometres to his clinic is also knowing that it is possible to make a massive difference in just one generation. His own personal journey is testament to this, as his exhilarating new memoir, The Good Doctor, reveals.

Raised in Auckland by a solo mother, he had a modest upbringing typical of the time, if one chequered with difficulties. After being expelled from two schools, Lance could have gone off the rails. Instead, he found his way at Hato Petera College, connecting with his Maori ancestry, and going on to study medicine. After a brief but outstanding career working as a GP in the public health system, Lance and his wife Tracy quit their day jobs to set up a ground-breaking practice in the Far North that offers free healthcare to the many who can't afford it.

For his work, Lance has been acknowledged as a Sir Peter Blake Emerging Leader, Public Health Champion, Maori of the Year and, most recently, Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year.

Passionate, brave and free-thinking, Lance stood up when no one else would. The Good Doctor charts his inspirational, one-of-a-kind life story, while relaying an overarching hope for a better New Zealand.

The Good Doctor charts Lance’s inspirational, captivating life-story, and shines a light on many social issues affecting New Zealand today. It is simply a compelling and exhilarating read from a man who is breaking the rules to make a difference up North and, ultimately, relay an overarching hope for a better New Zealand.

It's such a page-turner and everything he talks about makes such sense. I found it such an emotional rollercoaster: heartbreaking, exhilarating, bleak, constructive, optimistic.....
 

 

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