He is also establishing an education plan to support primary care teams, and develop care pathways between secondary and primary to strengthen the capability and effectiveness of all mental health services.
Andrew can visit your Waikato practice to meet and discuss cases and provide education and support around issues you encounter frequently.
Andrew brings with him much experience, knowledge and connection with Waikato practices having worked in this region for many years.
"I've been in the Waikato since 1995 and have previously worked across a range of psychiatric settings including the crisis service, private practice, general adult inpatient and community settings, drug and alcohol, and in clinical leadership as the clinical director for adult mental health."
Andrew's passion for improving outcomes for patients attracted him to his Pinnacle role.
"There's a real need to improve psychiatric care across all sectors and break down silos of care. I'm also keen to shift the paradigm from the 'reactive ambulance at the bottom of the cliff' to proactive and preventative care, inter-sectorial engagement, and support the development of resilience and independence with in the community," he says.
Andrew will be joined in September by a psychiatrist at Hauraki PHO, Dr Lyndy Matthews, also in a 0.6 FTE role. Andrew and Lyndy will work closely together supporting all Waikato GPs during normal business hours. Once Lyndy is on board, Andrew's phone will automatically divert to her when he is unavailable.
Andrew works 0.6FTE (Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday each week) and can be contacted on 027 208 6316 or firstname.lastname@example.org.