NZMA’s Doctors-in-Training Council (DiTC) represents the interests of NZMA RMO, trainee intern, and medical student members. DiTC provides support, advocacy and representation to NZMA members who are the future of the medical profession.
DiTC advises the NZMA Board about issues of relevance to doctors-in-training (DiT), contributes to NZMA responses to government policy proposals, and develops its own policies and resources. DiTC also provides a forum for constructive collaboration with non-RMO doctor groups.
DiTC meets four times a year, and is represented twice yearly at the NZMA Council. The DiTC Chair sits on the NZMA Board. The DiTC chair is ex-officio on the NZMSA executive. DiTC is also an invited observer to the Australian Medical Association Council of Doctors-in-Training.
DiTC members:Dr Katelyn Costello (Chair),Dr Inia Raumati, Dr Ivan Robertson, Dr Megan De Lambert (PGY1 Rep 2019), Dr Jibi Kunnethedam (PGY1 Rep 2020), Miss Ellie Baxter (ex officio, NZMSA President), and co-opted members Dr Carrie Bryers, Dr Rachel Robertson and Dr Dylan Kimpton.
NZMA Chair Dr Kate Baddock and NZMA CEO Ms Lesley Clarke are both ex officio.
Health and wellbeing
The figures around doctors' mental health and resilience continue to be alarming. New Zealand has a tragic record of suicide, depression and anxiety, and research suggests these rates are higher in RMOs than in their age-matched peers.
The DiTC has made available information and resources for those who are concerned about their own health and wellbeing, and that of their friends and colleagues.
Check out our Are you OK? section for more about looking after yourself and looking out for your friends.