The New Zealand Medical Journal encourages publication of obituary notices. Normally these will be constructed by a colleague and/or close friend. Each obituary will be considered by a member of the Editorial Board and may be edited. Proofs will not be provided, but we may seek further information from you.

In constructing an obituary notice, please:

  • begin with the full name of the deceased
  • keep it brief (up to 600 words) but longer obituaries will be considered.
  • if possible, include the following in the obituary:
  1. Date of birth
  2. Date of death
  3. Qualifications and honours (and years, if known)
  4. Details of family surviving the deceased
  5. Details of the author of the obituary notice (occupation and city/town)
  6. Include the person's professional achievements, best personal qualities, and (if possible) their interests and pastimes including club and society memberships.

If possible, please either provide a separate digital (jpg) photo of the person with the manuscript, or post a hard copy photo to Rory Stewart, New Zealand Medical Association, P O Box 156, Wellington 6140, together with your address details so we can return it to you after we scan it.

See previously published obituary examples for guidance on length, content, and style (journal issues older than 6 months have free access and are not password protected).

Finally, send the Word document and photo to nzmj@nzma.org.nz.