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www.times.co.nz Howick and Pakuranga Times, Monday, January 13, 2014 --- 3 With every close comes a new beginning, and change is afoot at Pakuranga Medical Centre as it farewells a long-serving doctor and welcomes his successor. Dr Henry Doerr from Pakuranga Medical Centre is retiring at the end of this month after 37 years of ser- vice to the eastern community. "It's been an emotional roller coaster," he says. "But along the way I've made many friends and it's been a shared journey that I am honoured to be a part of." An influential figure in the medi- cal community, Dr Doerr is known for his past contributions as board chairman of East Care Accident & Medical Centre and as a University of Auckland lecturer. Originally from the United States, the Harvard graduate made New Zealand his home in 1975 after meeting his wife, a Pakuranga girl and doctor. Looking to the future, the father of three is looking forward to filling his time with tramping and travelling as well as catching up with family. As he embarks on a new journey, it will be a new chapter, too, for Dr Doerr's successor, Dr Ken Chin, a University of Auckland graduate. Well-known in medical circles, Dr Chin was a locum for Dr Doerr back in 2010 and has been with Pakuranga Medical for more than two years. The Pakuranga resident was training to be a surgeon and has done the rounds at major Auckland hospitals for many years. He initially intended to specialise as a urologist, but a turn of events saw him spend the last seven years in general practice, locuming as well as accident and medical work. The former Saint Kentigern stu- dent knew he wanted to be a doctor from a young age. "I enjoy the medical and scien- tific aspects of my job but I also love interacting with people and thrive on the social elements," says Dr Chin. While Dr Doerr will be sorely missed, both doctors agree it's been a smooth, natural transition. "In essence, Dr Doerr is pass- ing the torch on, and I look forward to continuing his legacy," says Dr Chin. In parting, Dr Doerr says: "I have been blessed with a great team of co-workers but even more by a great number of wonderful individu- als and families who have tolerated my accent, allowed me to enter their lives, entrusted me with their prob- lems and shared with me their vari- ous medical journeys." Pakuranga Medical Centre, 17 William Roberts Rd, Pakuranga. Ph 950 7351. www.pakurangamedical.co.nz Hours Mon-Thurs 8am-7pm, Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 8.30am-12.30pm. New Year, new era for local practice ADVERTORIAL 124328 Dr Henry Doerr (above) and Dr Ken Chin 124350 if you bring in this advert before January 31, 2014. Progress slow, but steady F ➤ romPage1 He’s been closely involved in bring- ing more than 12 new anti-cancer drugs through the initial clinical trials and on to commercial testing. It’s a long-winded process, he says, with some programmes under way for 20 years or more and still not at their conclusion. “Over the years, for someone like me at the early end in medicinal chemistry, the big thing is to develop a concept for a par- ticular purpose and evaluate it. “Then you do the tests on the live organ- ism and fnd it has done what you think it can do – that’s very exciting.” He’s optimistic about the potential for developing treatments for drug-resistant cancers. “The problem with cancer treatment is when diagnosed doctors can treat it, but the disease becomes resistant to the drugs. “We’re now able to understand the mechanism of resistance and we’re right at the beginning of designing for resistance.” One of the major developments of the past few years has been increased under- standing of the genetic make-up of the can- cer disease, he says. “It’s a genetic disease and we need to understand the changes that occur in the cancer. We can sequence the DNA more rapidly now. “The frst one [DNA sequencing] 10 years ago cost more than $3 billion. It now costs about $3000 and in two years time will cost $1000. At that stage we’ll be able to do routine treatment. We’ll be able to sequence someone’s cancer and that infor- mation will help the labs to develop new drugs. That’s the path forward. “I look forward to the time when a lot of information comes back from patients to guide us. After three years, a patient may be able to move onto a new set of drugs. That’s the goal and it’s very exciting.” Prof Denny is a pragmatic optimist, say- ing: “We’re winning the battle, but we’re not winning the war yet. “Will we ever completely eradicate cancer? No, I don’t think so. It’s part of a genetic evolution.” By MARIANNE KELLY PUBLIC-private partnership (PPP) models are being con- sidered to take the pressure off ratepayers and taxpayers faced with substantial super-city infra- structure spending. Auckland Mayor Len Brown is asking Auckland Council staff to create a work programme to be used by the council and wider community to look at funding options. A position paper on PPPs, writ- ten for the council by accounting frm Ernst and Young, includes international examples of where PPPs have or haven’t worked and why. It also lists dozens of projects in Auckland as large as the $3.04 bil- lion City Rail Link and as small as upgrading the super-city’s parking meters that might beneft. Among transport projects listed as having potential is a $716.6 mil- lion contract for AMETI (Auck- land Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative). Another big ticket item is the $339.1m Hunua No. 4 Water Sup- ply Scheme involving construction of a 35-kilometre trunk water main between Redoubt North and Khy- ber Pass reservoirs, and a $48.7m project to expand the Waikato water treatment plant. Development of sports feld capacity and new recreation facili- ties are also contenders. “Every dollar we invest in capital projects – and there will be many billions – needs to make economic sense and be backed by a robust business case,” says Mr Brown. “But the traditional procure- ment and delivery models cannot deliver the infrastructure Auck- land needs, which is why I’m not inclined to rule out any options that will help us. “If Auckland is to be ambitious and prudent, we need to be smart too. “While our balance sheet is strong, it cannot sustain the pres- sure of the magnitude of invest- ment Auckland needs. The same is true of the Government.” The council manages assets worth more than $36b. It main- tains more than 7000km of roads and 6500km of footpaths. It stocks 54 libraries and four mobile ones in 21 local board areas. In its 2012-2022 long-term plan, the council forecasts the need to invest $20b of capital expenditure to provide new assets, as well as renewing and upgrading existing ones. It will also need to spend $38.7b of operating expenditure over the decade. Amalgamation of the eight former councils has provided the Auckland Council with increased scale, providing more opportu- nity to consider PPPs, the position paper says. PPP models are characterised by the public and private sectors jointly working and sharing risk. They’re also aimed at delivering better outcomes rather than nec- essarily saving money, the paper says. They can include fairly simple outsourcing-type partnerships where services are provided on short- or medium-term contracts, or longer-run private fnancial partnerships, such as the Design, Build, Finance and Operate (DBFO) model. The paper emphasises that while PPPs have greater private sector involvement in the delivery of pub- lic infrastructure, the approach is distinct from privatisation. Privatisation involves transfer- ring a public sector-run enterprise to one that’s privately owned and operated. While PPPs are designed to take advantage of private sector expe- rience and skills, a key difference from privatisation is that in most PPP models, asset ownership is retained by the public. However, the paper says it’s often a misconception that the fail- ure of a PPP results in signifcantly greater cost to the public. “Even if the private sector part- ner becomes insolvent, a well- structured PPP contract should protect the public sector from hav- ing to pay additional costs. “In this case, either the lend- ers will step in and take over the operation of the facility so they can continue to receive payments from the public sector. “Or the public sector will have the right to re-tender the project and pay a compensation payment (equal to the re-tender price) to the original contractor.” FINANCE OPTIONS: Auckland Mayor Len Brown, right, with Auckland Transport chairman Lester Levy, is keen to investigate the potential of public- private partnerships (PPPS) to deliver super-city infrastructure. Photo supplied Looking to private sector MOLE MAP VOUCHER $15 0 INCL GST *Voucher to be mentioned at the time of booking and brought to appointment. 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