The NZMA Board provides governance and policy for the NZMA. It comprises the Chair and Deputy Chair, up to six elected members, as well as the chairs of the General Practitioner Council, Specialist Council and Doctors-in-Training Council. Elections for the NZMA Board are held every two years.

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

Profiles

Dr Kate Baddock NZMA

Kate Baddock, Chair

Dr Kate Baddock is a General Practitioner in Warkworth and also Deputy Chair of the new Waitemata PHO. She was previously chair of the GPC and Deputy Chair of the NZMA. Dr Baddock gained her medical degree at the University of Otago and currently works as a partner at Kawau Bay Health with five other general practitioners in Warkworth. She teaches undergraduate medical students, postgraduate doctors and registrars in General Practice training programmes. Dr Baddock considers general practice her ideal job and says the best moments in medicine are when you know you've made a difference. 

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Harvey White, Deputy Chair

Prof Harvey White is a cardiologist who gained his medical degree at the University of Otago and currently works as the Director of Coronary Care at Greenlane Cardiovascular Research Unit at Auckland City Hospital, and as Honorary Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Auckland. He started his career as a House Surgeon at Kew Hospital in New Zealand in 1974 and moved to work at Greenlane Hospital in 1978 as a Cardiology Registrar.  

Alistair Humphrey

Alistair Humphrey

Alistair Humphrey is based in Christchurch where he serves as Chair of the Canterbury Hospitals' Medical Staff Association - the representative body for the more than 500 senior medical officers in the region.  He has been a Medical Officer of Health for 19 years, long standing member of the Health Practitioners Disciplinary tribunal, and recently completed a Master of Health Law.  Alistair has a high media profile as an advocate/ spokesperson on local, national and international health issues and supports NZMA as the pre-eminent advocate for patient rights and medical professional values.   

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Buzz Burrell

Buzz Burrell is currently a member of the NZMA Board and GPC. He trained in the UK 1986, and joined the physician training program, MRCPI in 1991. He has worked in a number of remote/rural practices including Western Australia, Reefton, and the Chatham Islands. Currently he is working at his General Practice in Renwick 10 km outside Blenheim, is a regional Coordinator for the Rural Medical Immersion Programme; and the GPSI for the Chronic Pain service in Nelson. He also is a GP College registrar trainer, and senior lecturer with the University of Otago.


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David Galler

David Galler is currently an Intensive Care Specialist at Middlemore Hospital, as well as Clinical Lead for Ko Awatea at Counties Manukau Health. He has held several director/leadership positions within Counties Manukau DHB, ASMS, Ministry of Health, and HQSC (to name a few). David's focus will be to advocate for meaningful change in how we look at, devise and implement our health and social policies to ensure that they are aligned to promote wellness; to allow individuals, families and communities reach their potential.

 Jibi Kunnethedam

Jibi Kunnethedam, Student Representative

Jibi Kunnethedam was the previous President of the New Zealand Medical Students Association (NZMSA). He is a 6th year medical student at the University of Auckland. Outside of medicine, Jibi is a keen sportsman with a particular passion for football and cricket. He enjoys spending his spare time with friends and competes weekly for his local quiz team! As the future of the profession, Jibi believes junior doctors can be the drivers behind improving the medical system and have a significant role to play. 

 Joshua Freeman

Joshua Freeman

Dr. Joshua Freeman was elected to the NZMA Board in 2018 and is the Chair of NZMA's Specialist Committee (SPC) which represents the interests of all NZMA members in specialist practice.  SPC has taken on a greater role within NZMA given that membership of the Council has significantly broadened to include representatives of various external organisations such as RANZCOG, RANZCO and RACS.  This gives the NZMA a stronger political voice, and more effective representation, for specialists throughout New Zealand.  In his 'day' job Josh is the microbiologist clinical director at Canterbury District Health Board.   

 

Katelyn Costello

Katelyn Costello

Dr Katelyn Costello is the current Chair of the NZMA Doctors-in-Training Council.  Based in Queenstown, she has served a number of committees including the Australian and New Zealand Junior Medical Officer Committee, RMO Training Committee CDHB, and the Preferred Medicines List Committee CDBH amongst others.  Katelyn is additionally a current MCNZ Education Committee and Accreditation team member, a representative of the NZ Curriculum Framework Steering Group, and a council member of the WONCA Working Party on Rural Practice.  Her special interests in medical education and rural medicine have led her to proudly be a part of both the GP and Rural Training programmes.  As well as loving the outdoors, Katelyn thrives on the forever developing challenges and opportunities found in medicine.  

 Michael Chen-Xu

Michael Chen-Xu 

Michael Chen-Xu is a recent Master of Public Health (MPH) graduate from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Social and Behavioural Sciences and is currently a Medical Registrar (Internal Medicine Resident) in the Wellington region. Michael is interested in how we can utilise behavioural insights to improve the quality and safety of healthcare, improving the social determinants of health, and the epidemiology of gout and other rheumatological conditions. Clinical interests include rheumatology, neuroimmunology, and the care of the elderly. Michael is a past member of NZMA Doctors-in-Training Council (DiTC) and the New Zealand Medical Students Association (NZMSA).

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Ruth Spearing

Ruth Spearing is a hematologist and previous Clinical Director in Christchurch. She was the Chair of the Canterbury Hospitals Medical Staff Association for 14 years, a position which is elected on a yearly basis. This group, which has a wide-based constitution, has worked very successfully with management to help bring about major changes and improvement in health care and patient safety – things which helped to put the health system in a strong position at the time of the earthquakes. She was an elected member and Deputy Chair of the CDHB Clinical Board.

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Jan White, Chair, General Practitioner Council

Jan White graduated from the University of Otago Medical School, worked in Invercargill for three years then moved north to Auckland. She worked in Family Planning and Student Health, before joining Mt Eden Medical Centre where she owns her own practice. She unashamedly enjoys General Practice (as much as she did when she first started), and treasures and respects the Dr/Patient relationships.