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Top award for Total Healthcare’s Mana Kidz Team 

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Total Healthcare’s Mana Kidz team are winners of the 2017 National Hauora Coalition’s quality and service excellence award.

Pictured above is Mana Kidz whānau worker Lasela Fatuloa, left, and Mana Kidz team leader Harpal K Singh, right, with National Hauora Coalition Trust Chair Dame Tariana Turia.

Total Healthcare has been involved with the Mana Kidz programme in Otara schools since it started in 2012.

The free comprehensive healthcare programme for children in Counties Manakau is led by the National Hauora Coalition.

Mana Kidz nurses and whānau support workers at Total Healthcare are great all-rounders who richly deserve their top award, National Hauora Coalition’s Outcome Services Group Manager Phil Light says.

The Mana Kidz team has good relationships with their schools and has done a really great job, particularly over the past 12 months, Mr Light says.

Ranjna Patel awarded ONZM

Ranjna 27 Hi Res Colour 300Total Healthcare Executive Trustee Ranjna Patel added another laurel to her long list of accolades received for service to the Indian community in New Zealand when she was awarded Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in the 2017 New Year Honours List.

She was awarded in recognition of her services to health and the Indian community.

Mrs Patel, QSM, JP, was the only Kiwi-Indian to be included in this year’s honours list, read more.

Mariappa has a new lease on life

Mariappa Goundar 2016low res 300x200East Tamaki Healthcare patient and Papatoetoe resident Mariappa Goundar was working as a machine operator when he developed back pain. After having surgery on his back, Mariappa could walk slowly and do a little exercise.

But six months later, the pain returned and a pinched disc was found. Surgery was ruled out due to the risk of further nerve damage. Mariappa could no longer work and was in continuous pain.

“Waking up in the morning was so hard, it was really tough,” Mariappa recalls.

“I could not breathe properly. When I went to the doctor, I couldn’t sit down because of the pain,” he says.

From Mariappa’s back pain stemmed depression, stress and anxiety. On the advice of his GP, Mariappa enrolled in the Mindfulness and Awareness Aotearoa programme and he now has a new lease on life. Read more