Dr Richard Selkon
BSc(Hons) MSc MBChB DipObst(SA) FRNZCGP FRNZCUC
Richard originally trained as a scientist in Physiology in England before returning to Cape Town, South Africa where he followed his father and grandfather into medical training at the University of Cape Town/Groote Schuur Hospital.
After qualifying as a doctor in 1988 he spent some years working in major hospitals in Cape Town gaining further experience in General Medicine, Surgery, ENT, Paediatrics and Obstetrics/Gynaecology. He regards his 6 months spent as a Senior House Officer at the Red Cross Childrens Hospital (Cape Town’s equivalent to Starship) as his most valuable training in medicine. Obstetrics and Gynaecology was a favourite field and after gaining his Diploma in Obstetrics he decided to try spend a few years in General Practice before deciding whether to specialise. After setting up his own practice he found that one of his first patients had been a patient of his grandfather many, many years before. The diversity of medicine and getting to really know his patients and their families made him realise that this was the field he should remain in.
After arriving in New Zealand in early 1997 Richard spent a year as a partner in The-Doctors in Palmerston North. However, the bright lights and warm waters of the Hauraki Gulf beckoned (he is mad about fishing and boating) and he was soon on his way to Auckland to establish the Westgate Medical Centre. As well as consulting Mondays to Thursdays in the centre, Richard is also the General Manager.
Asthma, Diabetes and Medical Management are his particular fields of interest. A keen diver he is also qualified to undertake both Commercial as well as Recreational Diving Medicals.
He has also held roles as a Clinical Senior Lecturer for 4th and 5th year medical students in the Department of General Practice, University of Auckland, a Board member of HealthWest PHO, and since 2013 as the founding President of the Accident & Medical Clinic Association.
He holds dual Fellowships of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners and The Royal New Zealand College of Urgent Care. His wife Ellen, is also a GP in the centre.