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We are in an era of unprecedented change in the health sector and we need a strong and experienced Chair of the NZMA who knows just how important the next two years are to the profession, and your patients. As the current Chair I have worked hard over the past two years building the profile of NZMA in this era of change, and now more than ever, is the need for continuity and for me to continue that work on your behalf.
I understand the issues and concerns of our members and I have the solid relationships needed with key stakeholders, politicians and senior officials to be able to advocate on your behalf. Equally important is my experience and success in bringing these issues into the media spotlight as well as influencing behind the scenes.
I also want to see the NZMA thrive and build its value across the profession, from medical students, to trainee doctors, to all specialists in every discipline and every health setting.
I have the leadership experience and skills required for this job. Most importantly I have the commitment to you and our profession and sincerely ask you to re-elect me and help secure our future.
Chair of the General Practice Leaders Forum
Deputy Chair of the Auckland Regional Rural Alliance
Director of the MAS group of companies
Institute of Directors member
Degrees and Awards
MB ChB 1981 Otago; Dip Obst 1983 Auckland; MRCGP 1986; M 1994 F 1998 RNZCGP
MHSc (Hons) 2017, University of Auckland
University of Auckland, Honorary Academic In: General Practice and Primary Healthcare
It has been a real honour to have had the opportunity to be Chair of the Specialist Council and to be Deputy Chair of NZMA. I would now like to stand for Chair of the NZMA.
The New Zealand Health System both primary and secondary is facing huge challenges and NZMA will need to continue to work hard to represent all of us. I acknowledge the pivotal role of GPs in the health sector and I am very aware and concerned about work force and sustainably issues.
I want to continue to advocate strongly on the many issues facing us. These issues include an under-funded health service both in primary and secondary care, and a stressed and threatened workforce. We will face important issues such as the Government’s Health and Disability review and what will arise out of it.
Importantly we need a healthcare system, where clinicians are valued, and not burnt out. This needs us to affect the system as a whole, by advocating to improve population health issues, which include obesity, diabetes, climate change, devices and medication costs and availability, just to name a few.
I have championed more automated external defibrillators (AEDs) nationally and retaining the term ‘patients’ rather than ‘consumer’. On the NZMA Board I have championed our integrating explicitly te Tiriti o Waitangi into the NZMA’s Constitution and the NZMA’s Māori by-line “Te Hauora mō ngā Iwi Katoa (Health/wellbeing for everyone)”. I believe in the value of high professional standards and was involved in the writing of our ‘Role of the Doctor’ statement and I want to see our health system provide the highest level of compassionate patient-focused care. I strongly believe that General Practice should be the centre of our health service.
I would like to see the NZMA continue to be active and involved with members. The NZMA needs strong leadership that will advocate for sustainable health service models, which will also maintain appropriate clinical quality and safety, and will improve health outcomes, and particularly health equity.
As a cardiologist active in clinical research and with previous experience on NZMA, I am well placed to lead the NZMA in the face of our health service challenges, and to maximise the value that we all bring as healthcare professionals. The NZMA is a Pan Professional Organisation with broad representation across all the professions including GP Specialists, Specialists, Doctors in training and Students. Now is a critical time to show our unity and strength.
Previous Governance Experience
Deputy Chair NZMA 2018 – 2019
NZMA Board Member 2008 – 2019
Chair NZMA Specialist Council 2008 – 2018
President Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand 2002 – 2004
Honorary Professor of Medicine, Auckland University,
Cardiologist, Director of Cardiovascular Research Unit, Auckland City Hospital
La'auli (matai) Samoa
Editorial board member of 16 leading international journals
Degrees and Awards
MB, ChB, DSc, FRACP, FCSANZ, FACC, FESC, FAHA, FHKCC (Hon), FRSNZ, 1998 Prince Mahidol Award for Medicine
Conflict of interest
My wife, Jan, is Chair of the NZMA GP council.
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