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General Practitioner

NZMA's General Practitioner Council (GPC) represents the interests of GPs across a broad range of issues. GPC members openly debate issues of concern to general practice, and develop consensus policy that benefits our patients and professional environment. NZMA is also a member of the General Practice Leaders’ Forum.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the GPC and want to know what's involved, click here.


Current GPC members

Dr Vanessa Weenink (Chair), Dr Buzz Burrell, Dr Marcia Walker, Dr Stephanie Taylor, Dr Diana Good, Dr Jocy Wood, Dr Alistair Humphrey (NZMA Chair, ex officio), Lesley Clarke (NZMA CEO, ex officio).


GPC advocacy

NZMA's GPC strongly supports better integration of primary and secondary care, with more care being provided in a non-hospital setting. However it has expressed the need for improved clinical engagement  and the need for appropriate funding. The input and engagement of clinicians is essential in determining our future health care delivery. GPC advocates on a diverse range of issues such as better GP education and training, after hours services and ensuring changes to our health system, such as proposed changes to prescribing, do not lead to fragmentation of care. GPC has input into NZMA submissions. Read copies here.


NZMA GPCME conferences

Find out about New Zealand's largest, most successful GP conferences (in both the North and South Islands), held annually www.gpcme.co.nz/.


Columns by GPC Chair

The following articles are published in New Zealand Doctor:


15 July - Controlling Covid: Not exactly military precision - trust helped us get there

3 June - General practice slips under Govt radar but Budget has $72.5 million for racing

22 April - We are all in this together - marching towards a post Covid world

11 March - The folly of underinvesting in GPs has never been more obvious as with the arrival of COVID-19

29 January - Make 2020 Our Year for 20/20 Vision


Seeking member feedback

GPC is keen to hear from members about issues of concern which it would like the committee to advocate on -email NZMA.