Yaw was born in Singapore of Chinese Ethnicity and emigrated to New Zealand with his family in the mid 1970’s, settling in the Eastern Suburbs of Auckland, where he also schooled. Yaw attended the University of Auckland’s Medical School and Graduated in 1995. He did his first year of residency in Rotorua Hospital in 1995. After 3 years in the Hospital system Yaw entered the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioner’s Registrar Programme to specialise in General Practice.
Yaw completed this in 1999 and obtained his Fellowship in General Practice in 2003. He has worked in a wide variety of practices, ranging from rural to city practices. In 2000 Yaw joined a practice in Howick as a long term associate and worked full time there until the end of 2006. Yaw has been at QuayMed as both doctor and partner since 2007. Yaw works four days at QuayMed across both Britomart and Wynyard sites.