June 9, 2017
Tongan Health Society Inc. CEO and Senior Doctor Honoured by the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners.
The Board of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) has
approved the conferral of the honour of the Community Service Medal to Dr Glenn Doherty
(CEO and Medical Director) and Dr Glennis Mafi (Tasilisili Manager). Few doctors in New
Zealand are offered these awards.
The Community Service Medal recognises an outstanding contribution to general practice
undertaken within the doctor’s community. The College Board unanimously agreed that
both Dr Doherty and Dr Mafi were very deserving recipients of the awards. Both Dr
Doherty and Dr Mafi received their awards for services to the Tongan Community and
outstanding performance in General Practice. The College Board also recognised both
doctors work in New Zealand and Tonga-Dr Doherty for the last 10 years in addition to
the Tongan Outreach Project and Dr Mafi for her 17 years of work in Tonga setting up and
running the Village Mission Clinic in Ha’ateiho.
Dr Glenn Doherty
Iwi : Ngati Porou, Hapu : Ngati
Chief Executive Officer, Medical
Director and Board Secretary
MB ChB (Otago) FRNZCGP
Dr Doherty received his senior Fellowship of the Royal New Zealand College of General
Practitioners last year a senior medical award recognising a specialist qualification. Dr
Mafi is also a Fellow of the RNZCGP’s. The Tongan Health Society (THS) also achieved
its RNZCGP Cornerstone Accreditation last year which was a significant award that shows
the medical clinics have met the quality standards of the RNZCGP.
THS was also approved as a RNZCGP training centre for General Practitioner Registrars
who are training towards their fellowships. Dr Doherty has been appointed as the practice
teacher for the registrars with assistance from Dr Glennis Mafi. This was the first time THS
has been able to formally teach GP registrars. It was dependent on the fellowship of both
doctors and the achievement of the Cornerstone Accreditation. Dr Kilisitina Lavulo was
the first GP Registrar training at the Centre. THS will have ongoing placements of General
Practitioners every six months.
Finally Dr Glenn Doherty has been appointed to the Royal New Zealand College of General
Practitioners –Education Advisory Board and the National Youth and Child Health Clinical
Advisory Board for the Paediatric Society of NZ. He is also the Board secretary for the
Tongan Health Society Inc.