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Dr Amanda Oakley takes out TechSoup’s Lifetime Service Award

L_R Denelle Freeman (Google)_Stephanie Davis (Google Country Manager )_Dr Oakley_Dr Oakley’s daughter Emily_Noor Syed (DermNet NZ) at the award dinner.

Waikato DHB’s dermatologist Dr Amanda Oakley took out best Google Technology Service in the New Zealand Charities Lifetime Service Award sector.

The New Zealand Charities Technology Awards, hosted by TechSoup, brought together over 90 guests on 16 March, Auckland to acknowledge the accomplishments of charitable organisations and individuals whose work exemplifies the finest qualities to strengthen New Zealand communities and bring about positive social change.

The Lifetime Service Award sponsored by Google was awarded to Dr Oakley, who is founder and editor in chief of DermNet New Zealand, a website dedicated to information all about skin conditions and their treatment.

The website is owned by the DermNet New Zealand Trust, and was created by Dr Oakley in 1995. It has now become a world renowned resource  maintained by dermatologists and health professionals globally with over 2 million people accessing the site each month. With easy to read information it also translates into 100+ languages via Google Translate.

“We are grateful to all the volunteers and paid contributors that have helped make DermNetNZ.org a worldwide success. Without them, this award wouldn’t have been possible” Dr Oakley said.

“It was an absolute honour to have been recognised amongst such a prestigious crowd on the evening for a project I began many years ago. Today DermNet NZ is recognised as a technology leader and source of information to answer people’s questions about skin problems wherever in the world they live.”

Dr Oakley has been a specialist dermatologist for Health Waikato since 1987 with particular interests in early diagnoses of melanoma and teledermatology.

More about the awards

There were a total of six award categories presented on the night – Strategic Grants Technology Volunteer of the Year, Dr Oakley’s Lifetime Service Award, Xtreme Productivity Technology Innovator of the Year, Blackbaud Best Social Media Campaign of the Year, Microsoft Best Government Agency, and Reboot IT Best Small to Medium Enterprise. For a list of the winners and more about the event read TechSoup’s blog.

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