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Dr Harvey White SPC Chair
The NZMA’s Specialist Council (SPC) represents the interests of all NZMA members in specialist practice. The SPC has taken on a greater role within the NZMA, especially in light of the membership of the Council being significantly broadened to include representatives of various external organisations such as RANZCOG, RANZCO and RACS. This has enabled the NZMA to provide a stronger political voice, and more effective representation, for specialists.
SPC members: Dr Harvey White (Chair), Dr Howard Clentworth, Dr Deborah Greig, Dr Wayne Miles, Dr Graham Sharpe, Dr Andrew Tie, Dr Nigel Waters (NZSA representative), Dr Cathy Ferguson (RACS representative), Dr Ian Page (RANZCOG representative), Dr Paul Ockelford (Chair, NZMA, ex officio), Lesley Clarke (NZMA CEO, ex officio).
The Specialist Council provides input on a wide range of issues. Recent examples include:
- Good prescribing practice
- National Genetic Service
- Auckland Laboratory Service
It is pleasing to see the Government’s emphasis on clinical leadership and the need for the views of doctors to be considered in decisions about clinical management and service delivery. It is anticipated that more clinical networks will be developed across the regions in the near future.
The SPC is always interested in hearing from its members about issues that affect them, and welcomes your views. If there is any area you would like us to consider in our advocacy work please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Report of the SMO Commission: Senior doctors in New Zealand: Securing the future (PDF)(2009)
New Zealand Medical Journal articles of interest to specialists, include:
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Palliative Care Partnership—a successful model of primary/secondary integration
Bruce Stewart, Simon Allan, Barry Keane, Bridget Marshall, Jane Ayling, Tai Luxford
22-Sept-2006 Vol 119, No 1242
[full text] [PDF] [abstract]