About the New Zealand Medical Benevolent Fund
The New Zealand Medical Benevolent Fund was created to provide aid to NZMA members and families of members who are in a situation of financial hardship or distress. The fund was first established in 1896 and was formalised as a Friendly Society in the mid 1930s. In 2015 the fund was brought back into the NZMA, and is governed by the NZMA Board and a Benevolent Fund Board Subcommittee.

Who is eligible to apply?
Applications to the fund may come from any NZMA member (apart from medical students), or family of an NZMA member (including deceased members). NZMA members may also recommend applications from non-NZMA doctors and their families. Medical students are not eligible to apply to the fund.

How does the process work and how long does it take?
Once submitted, Benevolent Fund applications are considered by the Benevolent Fund Board Subcommittee that comprises one board member and three other NZMA members. This process usually take about 4 weeks. Once a decision has been reached by the Subcommittee, the applicant will be contacted to inform them of the decision.

How do I apply to the Benevolent Fund?
All applicants must complete the application form which can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.

New Zealand Medical Benevolent Fund Application Form

The completed forms must be sent to:
New Zealand Medical Benevolent Fund
New Zealand Medical Association
PO Box 156
Wellington 6140

Alternatively you may scan and email all documents to:

Contact us
If you have any questions about the Benevolent Fund, please contact Robyn Fell on 0800 65 61 61 or email robyn@nzma.org.nz