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Dr Mark Peterson NZMA Chair
The NZMA Board provides governance and policy for the NZMA. It comprises the Chair and Deputy Chair, up to five 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.
NZMA members: Dr Mark Peterson (Chair), Dr Stephen Child (Deputy Chair), Dr Kate Baddock (Chair GPC), Dr James Blackett (Chair, DiT Council), Dr Wayne Miles, Dr Don Simmers, Dr Ruth Spearing, Dr Tane Taylor, Prof Harvey White (Chair, Specialist Council).
Dr Mark Peterson, Chair
Dr Mark Peterson is the NZMA Chair, and previously held the roles of NZMA Deputy Chair and Chair of the NZMA General Practitioner Council. A graduate of Otago University, Dr Peterson has worked as a general practitioner in the Hawke’s Bay for 25 years where he is also Chief Medical Officer Primary Care with the local district health board. Dr Peterson is a past Chair of the General Practice Leaders Forum (GPLF) and is currently a Board member of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners. In these roles he has served on a wide range of sector advisory groups.
Dr Stephen Child
Dr Stephen Child is a Canadian-trained general physician with a respiratory interest who immigrated to New Zealand in late 1991. He worked in Dargaville for two and a half years before moving to his current role as the Director of Clinical Training at Auckland District Health Board in 1994. He sits on a number of national, regional and local committees with a vision to improve education and training of junior doctors and thereby ensure that New Zealand has a medical workforce that is well staffed and capable to look after its future medical needs. Dr Child is also the Chair of the NZMA Auckland Council.
Dr Kate Baddock
Dr Kate Baddock is the Chair of the NZMA General Practitioner Council. She is a General Practitioner in Warkworth and also Deputy Chair of the new Waitemata PHO. 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.
Dr James Blackett
Dr James Blackett is the chair of the NZMA Doctors-in-Training Council, and an orthopaedic trainee in Whangarei. Dr Blackett gained his medical degree at the University of Otago. His ideal job would be working as an orthopaedic surgeon, in mostly revision arthoplasty and paediatrics, in a New Zealand provincial centre.
Dr Wayne Miles
Associate Prof Wayne Miles is Clinical Head of Waitemata DHB Research and Knowledge Centre, a rural psychiatrist in Rodney and Clinical Associate Professor Department of Psychological Medicine, Auckland School of Medicine. He graduated from Otago Medical School, trained as a psychiatrist (FRANZCP) and as a medical researcher (MD Otago). He has had a number of related governance roles including President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) and Chair of the Council of Medical Colleges in New Zealand.
Dr Don Simmers
Dr Don Simmers is a general practitioner and member of the NZMA Board. Dr Simmers is also the Chair of the NZMA Wellington Council, and is the NZMA spokesperson on health inequities. He gained his medical degree at Otago Medical School, Dunedin and currently works at the Newtown Medical Centre, Wellington. The best thing about the New Zealand health system, says Dr Simmers, is “the dedication and professionalism of the medical profession.”
Dr Ruth Spearing
Dr Spearing is a hematologist and previous Clinical Director in Christchurch. She has been the Chair of the Canterbury Hospitals Medical Staff Association for the since 2003, 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 is an elected member and Deputy Chair of the CDHB Clinical Board.
Dr Tane Taylor
Dr Taylor is a practising GP working as a consultant to East Tamaki Healthcare Group. Previously he was Chief Clinical Advisor at Raukura Hauora O Tainui. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the RNZCGP, former member of its Board of Education and Council, and was Te Akoranga a Maui chair for six years. He is a Past President of the New Zealand Medical Association Auckland Division. Indigenous health is a key focus; Dr Taylor is working to address inequalities nationally, and internationally as a WONCA member. He has a great interest in undergraduate/postgraduate education and professional standards, and is a GP teacher, PRIMEX examiner, Fellowship and Cornerstone Practice Accreditation assessor. He lectures nationally and internationally on evidence-based integrative modalities.
Dr Harvey White
Prof Harvey White is the Chair of the NZMA Specialist Council and a cardiologist. He 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 Green Lane Hospital in 1978 as a Cardiology Registrar.