Dr R. Matira Taikato

Consultant Psychiatrist



I am a psychiatrist with over 30 plus years experience in mental health. I have worked in New Zealand, Scotland and Australia which provides solid foundations to manage a broad spectrum of psychiatric conditions and mental health issues. I understand that people sometimes need assistance to navigate the challenges that life presents. In my clinical practice, I use active listening skills and maintain respectful, transparent communications. This aids me to support individuals and families with their concerns. I  work closely with other professional colleagues to optimise the treatment and care that I provide for people.

My values 

I am committed to:

  • Assisting people to live a rich and full life 
  • Treating people with respect and honouring their dignity
  • Professionalism with integrity and kindness
  • Providing evidence-based care        
  • Working collaboratively 

Who do I see? 
I assess and treat people aged 18-65 years  who suffer with: 

  • Anxiety conditions  
  • Mood disorders incl. depressive illnesses and bipolar affective disorder
  • Psychotic illnesses
  • Psychiatric illnesses with co-existing substance misuse

What are my special interest areas?

  • Early intervention for younger people aged 18-30 years 
  • Women’s mental health, including those related to pregnancy and childbirth
  • Mental illness with co-morbid substance misuse
  • Transcultural issues
  • Working with families

What other skills training do I use?

  • Psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • Systemic therapy to work with families and couples
  • Biological therapies e.g. medication

What models of care do I use?

  • A Recovery oriented approach
  • A Strengths based model
  • Early intervention strategies
  • Integrated biopsychosocial model


I am a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in the United Kingdom. I am fully registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Authority.