Doctors-In-Training Council

Doctors-in-Training Council: Only RMO, GP Trainee and Trainee Intern (TI) members can vote for these positions. You may vote for up to four candidates.


Jennifer Frith

Hi I’m Jenny, a GP trainee from Auckland. I’d love to represent you on the DiTC committee. I’m passionate about promoting integration between primary and secondary health care.

I’ve worked in many training settings – peripheral and tertiary hospitals, the UK, and now as a GP in South and Central Auckland. I’d aim to dispel the “them” and “us” mentality between GPs and specialists. Developing effective channels of communication and good relationships is important for patient care and our job satisfaction. This starts with us as trainees.

Furthermore I value work-life balance, and would advocate for supportive training environments, to promote a healthy and sustainable workforce





George Giddings

I am a Rural Hospital Medicine trainee and as such am passionate about rural health and in particular of raising the profile and advocating for our burgeoning training programme.

I came from a farm near Fairlie in South Canterbury, trained at Otago and Wellington and have worked in Taranaki, Timaru, Dunedin, Queenstown and now Invercargill.

I am hard working, enthusiastic and like to look at new ways of doing things. Outside of medicine I remain a dyed-in-the-wool farm boy, ski in winter and dabble in aviation, having just bought myself a light aeroplane.


Darran Lowes

Are you going to be able to train in the field you like, and will you have a senior job at the end of training? These are two of the biggest questions we are facing today as RMOs. With increasing medical school graduates but no proportional rise in the number of training positions, we have a worsening career bottleneck.

As a third-year RMO with previous advocacy experience through sitting on the Rural GP Network board and coordinating Medical Students for Global Awareness, I believe I can contribute to the DiTC and strongly advocate for RMOs on this and other issues.





Oscar Lyons

A Gisborne house officer, I’m approachable, agreeable, and I have more time to answer emails than my metropolitan colleagues. I ran my own tutoring business for 8 years, so I’m also organised and adaptable.

I’ve been a tutor and demonstrator for the Auckland University FMHS School of Medicine for 5 years and an AUMSA education executive. I am the current NZRDA rep for Gisborne hospital.

I have a passion for efficient, fair and sustainable education and for effective communication, and would apply my skills wholeheartedly to the DiTC to influence tangible improvements in medical education.

Mariam Parwaiz

Kia ora, my name is Mariam Parwaiz and I would love to represent you on the DiTC. If elected, I will focus on two big issues that I am passionate about: junior doctors’ wellbeing and the vocational training pipeline.

Lots of discussions are happening on the future direction of vocational training and I will ensure that our voice remains heard on this important issue.

I am currently a PGY3 at CDHB, and I bring a ton of advocacy experience with me from my time with NZMSA, IFMSA and most recently working on Medical Education at CDHB. I hope you will vote for me and I look forward to the opportunity to represent you.





Ari Pfeiffenberger

I am a PGY2 doctor working in Wellington. Being a doctor is an amazing privilege, but there are many challenges that come with the job.

I am passionate about ensuring junior doctors have a voice in decisions about them. A vote for me will see an increased focus on doctor well-being, better working conditions and safer rosters.

I also want to ensure a sustainable approach to workforce planning and training, especially given recent increases in medical student numbers. Finally, I also bring a strong interest in addressing social determinants of health, and in particular, housing, nutrition, and transport.

Hannah Shaw

I am a GP and mother working in semi-rural Te Awamutu. I am from the UK and have rotated through emergency, palliative, general and paediatric medicine before realising I was a generalist!

I love my job and am committed to work-life balance for all doctors. I spend free time with family and walking our dog.

I believe that doctors need to feel invested in the policies we are asked to implement. I am passionate about the DiTC because I want to be involved in protecting practitioner work-life balance while ensuring we maintain a high level of clinical relevance through education.





Joanna Strom (nee Fitch)

I am a GPEP2 trainee working in South Auckland. Before GP training, I pioneered a Medical Education Fellow role at Middlemore Hospital. This involved advocacy, innovation, governance, teaching, research and curriculum development. I have further leadership experience from Auckland Medical Students' Association and the GP College Trainee Chapter Executive, which I am a current member.

There are increasing expectations and pressure on the role of the doctor. I believe we need innovative strategies to support training doctors long-term in both primary and secondary care.

A cohesive and sustainable workforce will deliver better health outcomes for all New Zealanders.

Marise Stuart

Kia Ora!
Do you want better access to training opportunities?
Are you sick of hearing that non-clinical constraints are obstructing your better judgment as a doctor?
We know what needs to improve, but the question is, how?
Prioritizing the best options for YOUR training and working on feasible solutions, together with the training colleges, DHBS, HWNZ, Unions and Universities, are the ways forward.
It is time for creative interference, let us not be hindered in our potential as future leaders.
Vote for MARISE, Vote for a better health workforce for the 21st century.
Marise Stuart
Immediate Past President, NZ Medical Students Association