Long years of service don’t go unnoticed
10 July 2018
One of the founders of SouthSeas Healthcare, Dr Suitafa Debbie Ryan, was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her work in Pacific health earlier this year.
Dr Ryan, among few other Pacific people, was named in the Queen’s Honour list of exceptional New Zealanders.
Dr Ryan helped to establish SouthSeas Healthcare 19 years ago.
She was part of the SouthSeas Healthcare founding group of Samoan doctors, along with Dr Teuila Percival, Dr Andrew Chan Mow, and Dr Siro Fuatai, who collectively had a vision to provide a Pacific Primary Healthcare in Otara.
The group formed a medical practice with the goal that it would service and meet the complex health needs of the Pacific community in South Auckland.
To date, SouthSeas continues to help considerable numbers of families and is Otara’s largest Pacific health provider, delivering a range of services, including a clinic.
Dr Ryan founded a consultancy agency Pacific Perspectives in 2008, where she is currently works taking on policy projects for various government agencies, including the development of the ANIVA programme funded by the Ministry of Health, to support Pacific nurses in achieving postgraduate qualification.
Dr Ryan has a range of advisory and agency governance roles, and Ministerial appointments.
In 2016, she was presented with a Life Award by the Pasifika Medical Association for her exceptional and outstanding commitment to health services.
Dr Ryan has contributed to the improvement of Pacific and public health outcomes for more than 20 years and her services in the health sector do not go unnoticed.
South Seas Healthcare
Physical address: 14 Fair Mall, Auckland 2023
Phone: 09 273 9017
Clinic opening hours
Monday – Friday: 8 am – 5 pm
Saturday: 8 am – 1 pm
Public Holidays: CLOSED
For After Hours Weekend and Holidays:
East Tamaki Healthcare, 160 Bairds Road, Otara
Phone: 09 274 3414
and East Care Health, 260 Botany Road, Botany
Phone: 09 277 1516