It was announced on Saturday 28 June at the NZRA Annual Conference that the winner of the 2014 William Wong Doo Award is Tracey Bourner of Christchurch and Hanmer Springs.
Tracey has been a member of NZRA since 2002 having graduated from the Christchurch College of Holistic Healing. There can be no doubt that Tracey is a very worthy recipient of the award which is presented in recognition of outstanding contribution to the profession. Her list of achievements is extensive.
- Tracey was the Southern Regional Representative on the NZRA Council from 2007 until 2009 when she became Vice President. She held the role of Vice President for the following two years.
- The ACC Acupuncture Treatment Profiles were largely written by Tracey.
- In 2010 Tracey worked extensively in helping put together the comprehensive application for Chinese Medicine to be included under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act.
- After the Christchurch earthquakes, Tracey was instrumental in setting up a Community Clinic at the Linwood Resource Centre, providing treatment to those who could otherwise not afford it. The Linwood Community clinic was operational until earlier in 2014 - with Tracey continuing to play a key role throughout.
- Tracey also was one of those who worked extensively on the set-up of the NZRA website.
Tracey has continued to support local practitioners in Christchurch in recent years, despite her move to Hanmer Springs where she has now set up practice.
As the winner of the William Wong Doo Award, Tracey receives a framed certificate and a cheque for $500.00. The William Wong Doo Award is sponsored by the New Zealand School of Acupuncture and TCM. Tracey was unable to attend the conference weekend in Wellington and will be presented with her award by Thomas Lin, Vice President of NZRA, at a dinner later this month in Christchurch.