A general practitioner, who has served the rural community in the Bay of Plenty for 12 years during his career, has been rewarded for his work.
Dr Grahame Jelley has been announced as the 2021 recipient of the Peter Snow Memorial Award.
The Peter Snow Memorial Award honours Dr Peter Snow, the former president of the Royal New Zealand College of GPs, and his contribution to rural communities as well as recognising an individual for their outstanding contribution to rural health either in service, innovation or health research.
Grahame, who arrived in New Zealand from South Africa in 2000 and spent 12 years working as a GP in Ohope and Whakatane.
He has been actively involved with the Eastern Bay of Plenty PHO and Primary Health Alliance and has worked as a clinical advisor to planning and funding at the Bay of Plenty DHB.
During his career, Grahame has supported and mentored aspiring nurse practitioners in the Bay of Plenty and Te Tai Tokerau.
Along with rural health, Grahame has a special interest in Te Ao Māori and has taken a personal journey to learn, engage and be part of Tikanga and the Kawa of Te Tai Tokerau.
Grahame has also spent some time working as a volunteer GP in the Cook Islands at Aitutaki Base Hospital.
“I’ve worked with Grahame during my career as a GP and from my experience he is an incredibly kind and genuine person, and is very deserving of this award,” says New Zealand Rural General Practice Network Board chair Dr Fiona Bolden.
Grahame is now a GP in Kerikeri and splits his time between general practice and clinical leadership with Te Tai Tokerau PHO.