NZMA Fellowships Awarded To Dr Ron Goodey, Dr Paul Ockelford

An NZMA Fellowship is awarded to members who have given service above and beyond normal duty – to the NZMA, to the profession and to patients. NZMA President Dr Tony Baird presented fellowships to two people who have have both worked tirelessly for the NZMA, in the regions and at a national level

Dr Paul Ockelford

A foundation graduate of the Auckland School of Medicine, Paul is a clinical haematologist and holds a number of key roles in the field: Director of the Thrombosis Unit (which he established) and Adult Director of the Haemophilia Centre, at Auckland Hospital’s Department of Haematology; Honorary Associate Professor at Auckland University’s Department of Molecular Medicine and Pathology; and Director of Clinical Services at Diagnostic Medlab Ltd.

Paul has made a significant contribution to the management of patients with venous thrombo-embolic diseases and has been a principal investigator in many of the landmark studies, which changed deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism management from in-patient management to largely outpatient-based treatment. He has also been closely involved with haemophilia care in New Zealand and is on the National Haemophilia Management Group which provides oversight of the expensive blood product used for haemophilia in NZ.

Paul joined the NZMA in the late 1980s, becoming actively involved in 2006 when he came on to the Board. Paul was Deputy Chair during Peter Foley’s four-year term as NZMA Chair before becoming NZMA Chair himself in 2011.

A strong emphasis on health equity was a focus during his tenure as Chair, with work continuing on the Role of the Doctor and Health Equity statements and hosting the visit of Professor Sir Michael Marmot. And, once safety issues were identified with NZMA House at 26 The Terrace, the rebuild project was also started during this time.

Paul has three wonderful children and three delightful grandchildren, and his interests outside medicine and his family include lots of yoga, skiing – and drinking good wine!

Dr Ronald J Goodey

Dr Ron Goodey is an Australian-born New Zealander and a graduate of Otago Medical School.

Family involvement led Ron – while still a medical student – to working with ear and hearing problems. When looking for a topic for his public health thesis, he was inspired by the work of his wife Lesley’s father, who was headmaster at the school for deaf in Titirangi.

This initial inspiration led to a lifetime of service to the deaf community; service which has been shared by Lesley.

Ron trained under the Australasian College of Surgeons and in the United Kingdom and the US, and was involved in developing surgical techniques to treat and repair middle ear disease for 40 years.

Ron was an invited speaker at the world’s first international tinnitus conference in1981 and continues to be involved in tinnitus research in New Zealand & overseas.

He was a surgeon at New Zealand's first cochlear implant operation in 1986 and continues this involvement through various cochlear implant trusts and support for auditory verbal therapy at the Hearing House. He was president of New Zealand’s Deafness Research Foundation for 19 years and has been active on its board for 40 years, during which time he has encouraged and supported the development of research into the inner ear and its neural pathways.

Ron has been in charge of otolaryngology teaching at Auckland Medical School, training of otolaryngologists in New Zealand and an examiner for the Royal Australasian College of surgeons. He has been president of the New Zealand Society of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. After a career in both public and private practice, Ron continues with a small private consulting practice and pursues his research interests.

Ron joined New Zealand Medical Association in the mid 1960s; resuscitating the flagging Auckland Division of the NZMA and facilitating its transition to the Auckland Council, which is today a very active and vital part of the NZMA.

Ron was awarded the honour of Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2009, the year in which he was also President of the NZMA. He and Lesley have four children (of whom two are doctors) and eight grandchildren.