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About Heart Place Hospital

Heart Place Hospital was founded by Jacqui O'Connor in 2017.

After being a Nurse for 28 years, Jacqui could see the pending crisis that would hit the front-line professions, creating a ripple effect into the world and affecting every citizen.

After not finding the help needed, she created the solution. Now many vital citizens are receiving the support, care, and clinical solutions they need, and the long-lasting results Heart Place Hospital is achieving speak for themselves.

The Impact on Our Front Liners

69% of the community and personal service workers in Australasia experience exhaustion prior to COVID-19

New Zealand GPs have the highest rate of emotional distress since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Data shows that up to 90% of healthcare professionals avoid seeking mental health support due to the negative stigma surrounding it

Female nurses suicide at more than twice the rate of females in general population

48% of New Zealand principals have said they were employing untrained or unqualified teachers because they could not find trained and qualified staff.

Mission Statement

Heart Place Hospital is awakening the possibilities of providing clinical solutions, support, and advocacy for front liners in a way that meets their individualised needs. It is amplifying the power of having resourced, valued and cared for health and education providers to activate the progress of a sustainable health and education system to support all citizens for the long term.

Vision Statement

Heart Place Hospital offers the kind of care that has been missing, the type that would have kept many in their carer roles rather than tapping out. Heart Place Hospital provides advice, support, and tools that those in caring/front-line need to advocate for themselves, keep themselves topped up, and able to continue doing what they love. Heart Place Hospital sees a future where front liners are respected, cared for, and thriving in their vital roles. A future where that care ripples out to support the entire nation to become heart-full and thriving.

Heart Place Hospital lives and breathes its values

Equity = Meeting the needs of the individual for the same outcome of living a heartful, joyful, liberated life.

Connection = with the right solution at the right time for an individual's needs.

Co-creativity = Collaborating and creating bespoke solutions that are meet individuals needs

LOVE = Safety & security, medicine

Trailblazing = pioneering the change from the chaos

Meet some of our service providers

 Dr Robyn Charlton MB ChB

Auckland Psychiatrist Dr Robyn Charlton helps women in medicine to transform their experience of work and life.

Through courses, coaching and online programmes, she creates a safe space where women in medicine can come together and be guided through simple and effective stress management tools for managing everyday stress and avoiding burnout. To find out more about Dr Robyn Charlton click here to learn more

Renee Malyon

Renee is a Senior Physiotherapist at Haven Wellnes specialising in Women's Health, Rehabilitation & Mindfulness/Somatic Trauma Therapy click here to learn more

Becca Hawkins

Becca Hawkins, is a qualified registered New Zealand Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Teacher Founder and Creator of Honour Wellness for Teachers.

Becca has expertise in whole health and wellbeing, nutrition and body movement and offers a membership, resources, and in person events to focus on teachers health and wellbeing. click here to learn more

Meet Our Board

Jacqui O'Connor RN - CEO/Founder

Jacqui is a New Zealand Registered Nurse, Pioneering Philanthropist with qualifications in health psychology and Whole Health Medicine from Whole Health Medicine Institute with Lissa Rankin MD, with 28 years of experience supporting women and families and in teen management. Jacqui champions Carers, including our future Carers, to understand their body and mind, to not be ashamed of themselves, to be comfortable with the changes they are going through, and to trust their bodies and minds. These vital individuals are the people who deal with our most vulnerable citizens – our children, the sick, and the elderly.

Dr Kamāia Pere

Kamāia pioneered Our Collective and Float whilst working as a doctor at Northland DHB. She understands the downfalls of the health system and uses innovative approaches to help her clients get to the core of conditions underpinned by stress and trauma. Her vision aligns with the fundamental purpose of Heart Place Hospital - to create a space for healers to heal and come back in their light. She offers a scientific combined with indigenous approach to healing and thriving. 

Rob Mokaraka

After a public mental and spiritual breakdown in Auckland, New Zealand, in 2009, it took Rob 7 years to create an educational and healing experience that addresses mental well-being, suicide prevention, and postvention in a dynamic presentation called Shot Bro - Confessions Of A Depressed Bullet. An experience that explores his real-life fight with depression, a bullet, unresolved trauma, and the pathways that illuminate aroha/compassion and hope. Rob is invited to communities and organisations around Australasia to help create safe spaces to address mental well-being and suicide prevention with Aroha & compassion by sharing his story with thriving mechanisms so others don't feel alone and realise they deserve as much help and Aroha as they need, as often as they need.

Mike Lightfoot

Mike is an experienced and award-winning CEO with an extensive international background. He has led companies such as Milmeq Ltd, a global exporter of protein processing equipment, and Buckley Systems Ltd, a high-tech manufacturing business in the nuclear physics field. Mike moved into the supply chain market and was CEO for Nexus Logistics, Conlinxx Ltd, running both companies and the inland ports in South Auckland and Waikato. He joined Ports of Auckland as COO to restructure operations after two fatalities and worked to rebuild the mana within the team.

As CEO of Milmeq, Mike successfully led the company's expansion and was recognised by winning the Supreme Award at the 2015 Westpac Business Excellence Awards Auckland and the 2015 New Zealand Trade and Enterprise Excellence in Innovation award. He also led Buckley Systems Ltd to win the American Chamber of Commerce Exporter of the Year award and the overall Supreme Business award.

Mike has sat on several boards over the years and is currently a director on the Auckland Chamber of Commerce and Northland Inc boards.


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