E tūtaki ana ngā kapua o te rangi, kei runga, kei runga te Mangoroa e kōpae pū ana || The clouds in the sky close over, but above them spreads the milky way

PADA

Ngā Kaitohutohu | Advisory Board

Ngā Kaitohutohu | Advisory Board

Advisory Board Members

Our Kaitohutohu | Advisory Board is a collection of individuals who bring unique knowledge and skills which supplement the knowledge and skills of the our Kaiārahi | Board of Trustees in order to more effectively guide our organisation. 

 

  • Joanne Rama – PADA Kaumātua – RcompN, RM, and Pregnancy and parenting educator at ADHB and Kaitiaki Whakawhānau Māori, for Ngāti Whātua and PADA Educator delivering Hine Tu Hine Ora programme in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland
  • Dr Rona Carroll – GP, Senior Lecturer at the University of Otago in Wellington and Vice-President of PATHA – Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington
  • Dr George Parker – Researcher and Lecturer in Health Service Delivery at Te Herenga Waka | Victoria University of Wellington – Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington
  • Dr Sophie Mace – GP, specialising in breastfeeding, sleep, cry-fuss behaviour, maternal and infant mental health – Motueka, Tasman District
  • Steph King – Associate Clinical Charge Midwife with Counties Manukau District Health Board – Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland
  • Michele Lomax – Lecturer at AUT ~ Undergraduate Midwifery – Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland

Joanne Rama, PADA Kaumātua

Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland

Ko Joanne Rama taku ingoa
Ko Pirongia me Taupiri aku Maunga
Ko Waipapa me Waikato aku awa
Ko Kahotea taku marae
Ko Ngati Apakura taku iwi
Ko Ngati Hinetu taku hapu
Nga mihi mahana ki a koutou

I am the partner of John, mother to 11, godmother of 2, and Nanny Jo to 13 mokopuna. I am a daughter, sister, aunty, and cousin to many.

I graduated as a registered nurse in 1990, and as a midwife in 1992. I was one of the first LMC Māori Midwives to practice in South Auckland and spent 18 years providing care for Māori whānau, during this time I was a founding member of Putea o Pua trust that created what is now know as Turuki Health Care in Mangere. I was Hapūtanga Kaiārahi for Ngati Whatua ki Orakei 2014- 2020 and I also helped establish Nga Maia which is the National Māori midwives organisation.

My passion was and still is to restore traditional Māori birth knowledge and wisdom to whānau. My other passion is Maternal Mental Health. I have lived experience with perinatal depression as do my daughters and nieces.

I also work as a alcohol and drug professional at the social detox at The Auckland City Mission, I contract to ADHB to provide community, pregnancy and parenting programmes. I am excited about supporting PADA to continue shining the light on the dark little corner of Maternal Mental Health through the creation and provision of our Hine Tu Hine Ora program. I am the current Kaumātua and Cultural Advisor to PADA.

Dr Rona Carroll

Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington

Dr Rona Carroll (she/her) is a GP and a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice at the University of Otago in Wellington. Rona has had a long interest in perinatal maternal and infant mental health and breastfeeding support. She was a PADA Kaiārahi | Board Member for a number of years, established a community breastfeeding support centre and has worked at the CCDHB maternal mental health service.

Rona’s current clinical work is in youth health with a special interest in transgender healthcare. She is Vice-President of PATHA (Professional Association for Transgender Health Aotearoa) and is looking forward to combinging these interests in her PADA clinical advisory role.

Dr George Parker

Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington

Dr George Parker (they/them) is a Pākeha queer and non-binary Researcher and Lecturer in Health Service Delivery at Te Herenga Waka | Victoria University of Wellington. George is parent of two young children, a registered midwife, and Lead Investigator on national Health Research Council funded study looking at trans, non-binary and takatāpui inclusion in pregnancy and birth care. They have a strong interest in perinatal mental health from both a personal and service delivery perspective.

George has worked in health consumer advocacy for many years and is passionate about ensuring perinatal mental health services are person and whānau centered, accessible, and inclusive of and responsive to diversity. George is excited to support the work of PADA through a role on the advisory board.

Dr Sophie Mace

Motueka, Tasman District

Dr Sophie Mace is a general practitioner in Aotearoa New Zealand who specialises in breastfeeding, sleep, cry-fuss behaviour, and maternal and infant mental health. Sophie believes in providing care that is evidence-based, empathetic, and values the importance of connection and attachment, and loves working with infants and their whānau in the early years of life.

As well as her work as a GP and the founder of Aotearoa Baby Clinic, Sophie holds a position on several national and international committees whose aim is to improve care in the First 1000 Days.

Steph King

Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland

Steph King is a mum to two young boys and a registered midwife working as an Associate Clinical Charge Midwife with Counties Manukau District Health Board. She has a dedicated passion to work in partnership with wāhine to provide evidence-based care, support and empowerment during their pregnancy/postpartum journey. She also works with a team of midwives providing support, education and encouragement around mental health and social complexities.

Steph has a particular interest in perinatal mental health and is currently studying postgraduate papers working towards a postgraduate diploma focused on mental health particularly perinatal/infant mental health.

Michele Lomax

Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland

Michele Lomax (she/her) is a registered midwife who, after working clinically for 10 years, is now a lecturer at AUT teaching in undergraduate midwifery. She is a parent to 3 wonderful grown-ups and has 6 grandchildren. Michele’s interest in perinatal health stems from years working in tertiary obstetric wards in Aotearoa New Zealand. Results from her Master’s thesis exploring the effect of long-term hospitalisation in the perinatal period confirmed the need for further study. 

Michele is currently beginning her Doctor of Health Science (DHSc) focusing on the process of perinatal mental health screening in Aotearoa. She is looking forward to extending her network of like-minded professionals within the PADA group.