Dr Teuila Percival
Dr Teuila Percival is a founding member of SouthSeas Healthcare. She has held leadership roles with the organisation for 20 years, including Director of Child Health, and was Chair of the Board. She has also held a number of leadership positions in the Pacific health sector and academia and has played a key role in the establishment of Pacific health providers. She was the first Pacific paediatrician at Starship Hospital.
Dr Percival received the Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the Pacific Islands community in 2010. Dr Percival works as a community paediatrician for KIDZ First in South Auckland. She led the development of 'Kids n Action', a programme dedicated to supporting obese Pasifika children to lose weight. She helped to establish the first School Health Centre at Otahuhu College. Dr Percival was involved in the establishment of TaPasefika, the first Pasifika Primary Health Care Organisation in New Zealand. She was a founding member of the Pasifika Medical Association and since 1996, she has been a member, Vice-President and President of the association. Her work with the Pacific health sector was recognised in 2006 with a Pasifika Medical Association Service Award.
Dr Percival led and worked alongside the paediatric team for three weeks during the 2009 tsunami in Samoa, and was the Director of the Pacific Health Unit at the University of Auckland. She is Head of Pacific Health and Senior Lecturer at the School of Population Health at the University of Auckland. Her research work has been widely published. She is currently the principal investigator for the Pacific Child Health Indicators project in the Pacific and OPIC 2, the family-based intervention for Pacific children project. Dr Percival is also involved in research into rheumatic heart disease in Samoa and respiratory tract infection in children under two in South Auckland.