19 May 2015

Dr Stephen Child, a Canadian-trained general physician with a respiratory interest, has today been confirmed as the new Chair of the New Zealand Medical Association. Dr Child replaces Napier-based GP Dr Mark Peterson, who has completed his two-year tenure as Chair.

Auckland-based Dr Child immigrated to New Zealand in late 1991, working in Dargaville  before moving in 1994 to his current role as the Director of Clinical Training at Auckland District Health Board. Clinically, he has an interest in asthma and general internal medicine, with a strong passion for medical education. He continues private clinics specialising in medicine / respiratory diseases and is a full consultant within the Department of General Medicine at ADHB.

Dr Child was a member of the DHB National Workforce Strategy Group (2001-2009) and the Minister of Health’s Medical Training Board (2007-2009). He is also a member of the NZ Telehealth Leadership Forum and Clinical Governance group for ProCare. Dr Child was until recently the Chair of the NZMA Auckland Council and the NZMA’s Deputy Chair.