04 December 2019

On Tuesday evening 3 December 2019 at an event held at NZMA House in Wellington, Dr Scott Metcalfe was awarded a New Zealand Medical Association Fellowship by NZMA President Dr Sue Hayde. 

Scott is currently the Chief Advisor, Population Medicine and Deputy Medical Director, for the government medicines funding agency PHARMAC with a focus on populations and epidemiology – especially health need and health equity assessment, and medicines and health services prioritisation.  

Scott is also Chair of the Policy Committee of the NZ College of Public Health Medicine.  He is also a member of the NZMA Specialist Council and has previously served as an NZMA Board member.

Drs Rhys Jones and Alex Macmillan from OraTaiao the NZ Climate and Health Council said: “Scott was one of the founding members of OraTaiao and co-convenor from 2010 (when OraTaiao was incorporated) until 2013.  He was on the Executive Board from the start until 2018 and was instrumental in building a health professionals’ movement on climate change and health in Aotearoa.   In 2009 he led a call to action with a manuscript coauthored by likeminded health professionals on climate change and health, was published in the New Zealand Medical Journal, and with 60 further supporting signatories. This paper was the catalyst for the development of OraTaiao: NZ Climate & Health Council.   During his leadership on OraTaiao he was instrumental in bringing health professional organisations and colleges behind a health-focused action on climate change at a national level and this included our own New Zealand Medical Association. His robust and deep analysis about what is a fair share for New Zealand’s emissions reductions has informed national organisations and policy-makers.”

Scott is a well-respected author, having led or co-authored over 70 medical research manuscripts including:

  • Fast, fair climate action crucial for health and equity to
  • Combating antimicrobial resistance demands nation-wide action and global governance and most recently:   
  • Te Wero tonu - the challenge continues, Māori access to medicines update.