Innovative and forward-thinking, the Kaipara Medical Centre is part-owned by the community it serves.
This unique business mode enables Kaipara Medical Centre to be focused on and responsive to the needs of Helensville and its surrounding rural South Kaipara community.
Our team includes six permanent GPs and a fabulous team of five nurses.
We also have seven administration staff, to ensure our service to our patients is delivered as promptly and professionally as possible.
Dr Phillip Barter grew up in the South of England, and trained at Bart’s Hospital in London, commencing his General Practice there before moving to NZ. A fellow of the Royal College of GPs he has instructed registrars since 2010 and is the clinical lead at the Kaipara Medical Centre. His main areas of interest are diabetes and asthma.
Dr Dean Foster has been in general practice for about 18 years with most of his work being in or near Auckland. He enjoyed moving to Helensville, with his family, in 2014. Although experienced in the wider aspects of General Practice, his special interests include sports medicine, minor surgery, aviation and dive medicine.
Dr Trinh Wright has been a part of the team at Kaipara Medical Centre since mid 2014 when she came to do her registrar training. Having grown up and trained in New Zealand, she is dedicated to reducing health inequalities and has a special interest in children’s health.
Kathryn is currently on maternity leave.
Our GPs are supported by our highly skilled nurses and our professional and friendly reception team.
We're also proud to be helping the new generation of GPs by having a registrar doctor complete their practical experience with a five-month-long placement.
The registrar is supervised and mentored by the senior staff. The placement forms part of their ongoing education towards gaining their specialist GP qualification.
Our nurses also offer special clinics in their chosen areas of expertise, including smear tests, asthma management, immunisations and travel vaccines. Click here to learn more about this patient-centred service.