NZMA Board Elections

The 2020 NZMA Board Elections now open

Elections close at 4pm, Thursday 9 April.

The Board has two vacancies and there are three nominations.

Your candidate profiles are listed below. Members will receive an email from Simply Voting, NZMA's appointed independent verification agency.

Dr Jocy Wood

Why do I want to be on the NZMA Board?

I graduated from Cambridge University, and my clinical formative years were at the Royal London Medical School UK. From there I travelled and worked in the UK and Australia before coming to New Zealand where I joined the Wellington regional GP programme. This has given me a unique medical education that has stood me in good stead working with different populations and has provided me with insights into how communities work together. I understand 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.

I am passionate about leading the medical profession through excellence in clinical governance. My experiences as the Clinical Director, Community Mental Health at Nelson Marlborough and examiner for the Royal New Zealand College of GPs give me great awareness of what is needed right now and for the future. With the crisis we are facing we now especially need to support the medical profession, the public and our colleagues.

Governance Experience

• Nelson Marlborough DHB Executive Leadership team

• Nelson Marlborough DHB Mental Health Governance Group

• Nelson Bays Primary Health Clinical Governance Group

• NZMA General Practitioner Council (elected member for five years)

Length of Time as an NZMA member

12 years  

Dr Marcia Walker

Why do I want to be on the NZMA Board?

I have always enjoyed my role in advocacy for GPs and as an elected member of the GPC it has been a privilege representing the interests of my colleagues at that table. I have a strong sense of collegiality within the profession and the importance of working collaboratively to strengthen the association as a whole.

The skills I could bring to the NZMA Board 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.

Governance experience

• Current: Director for Manly Medical Centre

• Current: Director for Manly Radiology Ltd

• Current: Medical Director for The Cosmetic Clinic NZ Ltd

• Current: GPC member NZMA

Previous: Treasurer NZRDA

Length of time as an NZMA Member

1 year

Dr Dermot Coffey

Why do I want to be on the NZMA Board?

I moved to New Zealand in 2002 after training in Ireland, and have lived and worked in Hamilton, Wellington and now as a GP in Christchurch.

I am a member of the executive board of OraTaiao: The NZ Climate and Health Council and am particularly interested in helping build on the excellent work the NZMA has already done in advocating for rapid, just and healthy action on climate change.

I believe we are in a unique position as doctors to help promote the transition to a low-carbon future and get to grips with the single most important issue of our times.

Governance Experience

Executive Board Member of OraTaiao

Length of time as an NZMA Member

Newly joined

Elections close at 4pm, Thursday 9 April.

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