Dr Meera Raithatha
Paediatrician, Te Puaruruhau
Dr Meera Raithatha is a British trained Paediatrician working in the sub speciality area of Child Protection. She has been at Te Puaruruhau, Child Protection Service at Starship Children’s for the last 8 years. In the UK she worked as an SMO in General and Community Paediatrics for 5 years in the Cambridgeshire Region before moving to New Zealand.
She is of Indian descent and grew up in England and Kenya (East Africa). She has been a Communication Skills Trainer in her previous role, and is passionate about Communication Skills in Healthcare, Cultural Competency and Quality and Safety.
Meera regularly sees children and adolescents for alleged sexual abuse, in the context of a multi-disciplinary team at Te Puaruruhau, as well as appearing as an expert witness. Meera has worked with speech language therapists to develop communication aids to assist with communication and informed consent in the context of child and adolescent sexual assault.