The NZMA’s Specialist Council (SPC) represents the interests of all NZMA members in specialist practice. The SPC has taken on a greater role within the NZMA, especially in light of the membership of the Council being significantly broadened to include representatives of various external organisations such as RANZCOG, RANZCO and RACS. This has enabled the NZMA to provide a stronger political voice, and more effective representation, for specialists.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the SPC and want to know what's involved, click here.

SPC members

Dr Josh Freeman (Chair), Dr Alistair Humphrey, Dr Dawn Elder, Dr Ian Page, Dr Rachelle Love, Dr Scott Metcalfe, Dr Cathy Ferguson (RACS representative), Dr David Kibblewhite (NZSA representative), Dr Ian Page (RANZCOG representative), Dr Susanna Every-Palmer (RANZCP representative),  Dr Kate Baddock (Chair, NZMA, ex officio), Ms Lesley Clarke (NZMA CEO, ex officio).


The Specialist Council provides input on a wide range of issues. Recent examples include:

  • Good prescribing practice
  • National Genetic Service
It is pleasing to see the Government’s emphasis on clinical leadership and the need for the views of doctors to be considered in decisions about clinical management and service delivery. It is anticipated that more clinical networks will be developed across the regions in the near future.

Member input

The SPC is always interested in hearing from its members about issues that affect them, and welcomes your views. If there is any area you would like us to consider in our advocacy work please email

Important links

Report of the SMO Commission: Senior doctors in New Zealand: Securing the future (PDF)(2009)

New Zealand Medical Journal articles of interest to specialists include:

(Note: login and password required for accessing NZMJ articles less than six months old)

Are you satisfied working as a specialist in a New Zealand public hospital?
Frank A Frizelle
27-September-2013, Vol 126 No 1383 
[full text] [PDF]   

Sources of satisfaction and dissatisfaction among specialists within the public and private health sectors
Toni Ashton, Paul Brown, Elizaveta Sopina, Linda Cameron, Timothy Tenbensel, John Windsor
27-September-2013, Vol 126 No 1383 
[full text] [PDF]

When does a specialist assume the “duty of care” for a patient? The significance of Case 04HDC13909
Frank Frizelle
7-July-2006 Vol 119, No 1237
[PDF of full issue]  

Palliative Care Partnership—a successful model of primary/secondary integration
Bruce Stewart, Simon Allan, Barry Keane, Bridget Marshall, Jane Ayling, Tai Luxford
22-Sept-2006 Vol 119, No 1242
[PDF of full issue]