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About NZMA

The New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) is the country's foremost pan-professional medical organisation in New Zealand representing the collective interests of all doctors. Our members come from all disciplines within the medical profession, and include specialists, general practitioners, doctors-in-training and medical students.

The NZMA is a strong advocate on medico-political issues, with a strategic programme of advocacy with politicians and officials at the highest levels.

Statement of purpose

The NZMA aims to provide leadership of the medical profession, and promote:

  • professional unity and values, and 
  • the health of all New Zealanders.

The key roles of the NZMA are:

  • to provide advocacy on behalf of doctors and their patients
  • to provide support and services to members and their practices
  • to publish and maintain the Code of Ethics for the profession
  • to publish the New Zealand Medical Journal.

The NZMA works closely with many other medical and health organisations, and provides forums which consider pan-professional issues and policies.

The NZMA has a close relationship with, and provides support to, the New Zealand Medical Students Association (NZMSA).

We provide administrative, advocacy and communcations activities for the New Zealand Branch of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO).

We also provide support services to the Medical Benevolent Society.