About the New Zealand Medical Benevolent Fund
The New Zealand Medical Benevolent Fund, in its current form, was brought under NZMA care in 2015. It was created by the amalgamation of two funds with similar objects:
- the NZ Medical Benevolent Fund: first established in 1896 and formalised as a Friendly Society in the mid 1930s. This was created to provide aid to NZMA members and families of members who were in a situation of financial hardship or distress.
- the Auckland Medical Benevolent Fund: formed from funds put aside from payments made by patients treated by participants in a voluntary after-hours roster during WWII. This roster included GPs, hospital registrars, house officers and final year medical students, and was created to alleviate the strain placed on GPs in Auckland, with so many practitioners serving overseas in the Armed Forces. After the war, the money collected was put into a trust fund to assist doctors and/or their families, resident in Auckland, who were facing difficult financial circumstances.
The New Zealand Medical Benevolent Fund is governed by the NZMA Board and a Benevolent Fund Board Subcommittee.
Who is eligible to apply?
Applications to the Benevolent fund may come from any registered medical practitioner or the immediate family of a deceased medical practitioner.
The purpose of the Benevolent Fund is to assist beneficiaries who are facing significant financial hardship, have little or no assets and when all other financial avenues, including the sale of any assets, where possible, have been exhausted.
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.
The completed forms must be sent to:
New Zealand Medical Benevolent Fund
New Zealand Medical Association
PO Box 156
Alternatively you may scan and email all documents to Robyn Fell.
If you have any questions about the Benevolent Fund, please email Robyn Fell or phone 0800 65 61 61.