Tineke is a nurse and clinical coordinator at Regional Public Health. Her role is currently based at the Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR).
"I have worked with some of the most vulnerable members in our communities," said Tineke. "I understand how poverty can impact on the health of whānau, and I am very aware of the health disparities that exist."
Tineke will be leading the Nursing and Phlebotomy ESR team in the WellKiwis Study over the next three years. The study aims to help find a more effective and longer-lasting flu vaccination.
“We hope to contribute our research towards the development of a universal flu vaccine. We want a vaccine that is accessible to all, especially those most in need."
The study follow participants and their children for seven years.
"We get to know the families quite well during those years. If any of our families are in need, we can help by referring them to local community support services."
Tineke's team also work closely with local Māori and Pacific providers. The providers help her team make sure that all populations are engaged in the study.
"It is really important for us to make sure we have a strong cohort. We need to represent all our communities."
For more information on the WellKiwis study, including information to take part, visit wellkiwis.co.nz