Jade grew up in the Waikato before studying medicine at The University of Auckland. Having returned to the Waikato, Jade now has a Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, specialising in endocrinology and diabetes.
Jade’s passion is Māori health and sees critique of the health system as important. Her PhD through The University of Auckland, Te Whakangungu Rākau, looked at the journey of patients with thyrotoxicosis focusing on impact on Māori in the healthcare system. As a Senior Lecturer with Te Kupenga Hauora Māori, University of Auckland, she has an avenue to continue her research in this area, while also helping to develop the next generation of Māori clinicians. As an endocrinologist, she takes this into her clinical sphere, driving for change in the delivery of healthcare for Māori.
She thrives on the support of her wider whānau, her supportive husband and their two beautiful tamariki.