The NZMA Board provides governance and policy for the NZMA. It comprises the Chair and Deputy Chair, up to six elected members, as well as the chairs of the General Practitioner Council, Specialist Council and Doctors-in-Training Council, and a Medical Student Representative. Elections for the NZMA Board are held every two years.
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Dr Alistair Humphrey
Alistair Humphrey is based in Christchurch where he serves as Chair of the Canterbury Hospitals' Medical Staff Association - the representative body for the more than 500 senior medical officers in the region. He has been a Medical Officer of Health for 19 years, long standing member of the Health Practitioners Disciplinary tribunal, and recently completed a Master of Health Law. Alistair has a high media profile as an advocate/ spokesperson on local, national and international health issues and supports NZMA as the pre-eminent advocate for patient rights and medical professional values.
Dr Vanessa Weenink
Vanessa Weenink is currently a partner in a moderate size GP practice in Christchurch. Vanessa has been on local clinical reference groups for the Pegasus PHO and part of the Clinical Governance group for HomeCare Medical(National TeleHealth Service) since 2015. Vanessa is the current Chair of the General Practitioner's Council, and Deputy Chair of the NZMA Board.
Dr David (Buzz) Boothman-Burrell
Buzz Burrell is currently a member of the NZMA Board and GPC. He trained in the UK 1986, and joined the physician training program, MRCPI in 1991. He has worked in a number of remote/rural practices including Western Australia, Reefton, and the Chatham Islands. Currently he is working at his General Practice in Renwick 10 km outside Blenheim, is a regional Coordinator for the Rural Medical Immersion Programme; and the GPSI for the Chronic Pain service in Nelson. He also is a GP College registrar trainer, and senior lecturer with the University of Otago.
Mr Duncan Finlayson
Duncan Finlayson is the elected Medical Student Representative on the NZMA Board for 2021. Originally from Christchurch, the Dunedin-based medical student is undertaking a BMedSc(Hons) between his 3rd and 4th years. As the representative for medical students, Duncan will advocate for policies and issues that most closely impact his peers, and will "apply the principle of whanaungatanga to ensure [his] advocacy is truly representative of the opinions, values, and beliefs of all medical students."
Dr Marcia Walker
Marcia Walker has always enjoyed her role in advocacy for GPs and as an elected member of the GPC it has been a privilege representing the interests of her colleagues at that table. Marcia has a strong sense of collegiality within the profession and the importance of working collaboratively to strengthen the association as a whole. Her skills include communication and relationship building, looking at governance through a Tikanga Maori lens which may offer alternative insights into how an entity can run effectively and efficiently by models that are not necessarily considered "standard", not being afraid to challenge a system that is failing to deliver for members while still maintaining respect for institutional practice, working directly with members to ensure that collective visions are heard and understood as a mechanism to enhance their views within the Association.
Dr Jocelyn (Jocy) Wood
Jocy Wood graduated from Cambridge University, and her clinical formative years were at the Royal London Medical School UK. From there she travelled and worked in the UK and Australia before coming to New Zealand where she joined the Wellington regional GP programme. This has given her a unique medical education that has stood her in good stead working with different populations and has provided her with insights into how communities work together. She understands the power of collaborative working and putting the individual and whānau at the centre of health care, and better health for all New Zealanders; one of NZMA's core tenets. Jocy's experiences as the Clinical Director, Community Mental Health at Nelson Marlborough and examiner for the Royal New Zealand College of GPs give her great awareness of what is needed right now and for the future.
Dr Dermot Coffey
Dermot Coffey graduated from University College Cork in Ireland and has lived in New Zealand since 2002 completing his postgraduate training in General Practice in Wellington. He currently works in student health in Christchurch. Dermot Coffey is the current convenor of OraTaiao: The NZ Climate and Health Council, and a member of the local faculty board of the RNZCGP. He has a major interest in how the health system responds to the biggest problem of the 21st century, climate change, both with respect to the challenges of health sector and societal decarbonisation, and the opportunities that exist for significant health and equity benefits if a responsible approach is followed.
Dr Catherine (Cathy) Ferguson
Cathy Ferguson is an Otolaryngologist, Head and Neck Surgeon based in Wellington. She has been a surgical representative on the NZMA Specialist Council for 10 years, and was elected to this Council and the NZMA Board in 2021.
She has been very active in various roles with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) for over 20 years at a national and a binational level, serving as Hon. Treasurer and then Chair of the NZ National Board, NZ Censor for RACS, and a RACS councillor for nine years, finally serving as RACS Vice President for two years. Her particular interests have been in the RACS efforts against Discrimination, Bullying and Sexual Harassment in surgery and she is a member for the Operate With Respect Committee of RACS as well as a Course Director for the OWR program, and an instructor on the RACS Training in Professional Skills course.
Dr Ivan Robertson
Ivan Robertson has chaired the NZMA's Doctors-in-Training Council since mid-2021. He is a RACP Paediatric basic trainee, currently stationed at Waikato Hospital. He has spent time at the interface between doctors and management at a local level in a number of different capacities, and has sat on the DiTC since 2019. He is eager to ensure that junior doctor and student voices are heard, particularly with regards to equity issues and working towards more efficient and rational healthcare systems.
Dr Osman Mansoor
Dr Osman Mansoor was born in Mauritius, grew up in London, and home is now in Gisborne.
He has been the Medical Officer of Health for the Hauora Tairāwhiti since January 2020.
Dr Mansoor came to Aotearoa in 1986, having completed by his medical training in the UK. He set up a general practice in Wellington (Plimmer Steps) and trained there in public health medicine (PHM). His first registrar project was on immunisation, in his final year he helped to introduce Hib vaccine (1994) to the national schedule and later influenza vaccine (1997) at the Public Health Commission and Ministry of Health, respectively. Dr Mansoor worked internationally for 15 years, staring with four years at WHO Regional Office in Manila and eight years at UNICEF Headquarter in New York, helping the poorest countries to introduce new vaccines.