The RANZCP congratulates Dr Diana Kopua, College Fellow and passionate advocate for Māori Health, on being awarded the Dr Maarire Goodall Award 2020, presented by Te ORA, The Māori Medical Practitioners Associate.
The annual Dr Maarire Goodall Award aims to support and celebrate the contributions of Māori health professionals working at the very highest levels.
Dr Kopua began working in Māori mental health as a community psychiatric nurse before going on to study her medical degree and specialising in psychiatry.
RANZCP President, Associate Professor John Allan, praised Dr Kopua on this well-deserved recognition for her work in Māori mental health.
‘Dr Kopua is a proud and passionate Māori woman who has dedicated her life to the improvement of Māori mental health, finding new and innovative ways to embed the Māori culture into mental health practice.
‘The work Dr Kopua has done in this space and the way in which she has intertwined Māori culture into her work is truly admirable.
‘I, and the whole College, commend Dr Kopua for all she has done for Māori mental health and the recognition given in receiving this award, she is an asset to both the RANZCP and the wider mental health community in New Zealand.’