Specialist Council Candidates
Specialist Council: Only Specialist members may vote for these positions. You may vote for up to five candidates.
I am a General Surgeon specializing in UGI malignant and bariatric surgery working in Wellington. These interests help drive my belief of strong patient advocacy and interest in medical eduction.
During my consultant career I have enjoyed my clinical work but believe that clinicians must become engaged in improving delivery and standards in healthcare. As such I have found myself increasingly involved with multiple multi-professional committees.
Sitting on the NZMA Specialist Council for the last 18 months has further augmented my interest in education, training and medical standards.
Joshua Freeman is a Clinical Microbiologist at ADHB and in 2011 was appointed Clinical Lead of the Health Quality and Safety Commission’s national hand hygiene programme. Prior to this, he was a Research Fellow at Duke University Medical Centre and since returning to NZ in 2009 has continued with research into antibiotic resistance and healthcare-associated infections.
More recently his interests have expanded to include advocacy and research into areas of public health policy.
Joshua is standing for this position because he would like to see the Council continue to provide an effective political voice for both NZ Specialists and their patients.
Over 30 years ago I became a specialist Dermatologist. For over 25 years I have been pleased and proud to be a member of the NZMA. I have served on many NZMA Committees,having been in the past Chairman of the Specialist Committee.
At present I am a member of the Specialist Council. I work in hospital and private practice. My long experience has allowed me to meet and work with Doctors from all types of practice, often with many different views. Now, more than ever, Doctors need the NZMA to put forward a unified stance on how we can respond to a broad range of issues.
Over the years, I have been committed to giving back and going forward. I am well qualified and experienced to work with our Chairman, other council members and NZMA staff. Please give me your vote to allow me to serve as a member of the Specialist Council.
Dr. Alistair Humphrey is a Medical Officer of Health for Canterbury and also practices as a GP in Christchurch. He is a member of NZMAT. He has worked for Pacific Trust Canterbury, 24hr Surgery, Union and Community Health Service, and the Australian RFDS. He is on the Clinical Governance group of the Canterbury Rural PHO and the Executive of the Christchurch Hospital Medical Specialists Association.
Dr. Humphrey has been on the national pandemic preparedness group for New Zealand and the national group looking at the health effects of climate change. He has a high profile as an advocate for population health issues grounded in the clinical reality of primary care.
George Laking (Te Whakatōhea) is a Medical Oncologist in Auckland and Northland, mainly treating respiratory cancer:
I graduated from Otago in 1992. I’ve completed the FRACP, an MD in pharmacokinetic imaging and a PhD in Health Economics. I'm a member of PTAC (the Pharmacology and Therapeutics Advisory Committee), and a Board Member of the Smokefree Coalition and End Smoking New Zealand.
My advocacy work includes membership of OraTaiao, the NZ Climate and Health Council. I chair the Māori Health Committee of the RACP, and previously chaired Te ORA, the Māori Medical Practitioners’ Association. I bring a strong equity focus to my advisory work.
As a current member of the NZMA Board and Specialist Council I am very aware of the important role that the Association plays as the pan-professional body for doctors in New Zealand. I believe the challenges that confront the health services currently have the potential to alter significantly the role of the doctor and I am keen to continue my work with the NZMA to promote and protect that role.
My current practice includes rural psychiatry and clinical research. In addition to the above NZMA roles I retain a bi-national RANZCP position as Chair of the Community Collaboration Committee (brings together psychiatrists carers and consumers). Previous professional association roles include President RANZCP, Chair of Council of Medical Colleges in New Zealand and RANZCP General Councillor.
I am a Wellington-based pathologist, presently employed in private practice, via DHB-funded pathology services.
I have some experience in professional matters, through College and Society activities, and have previously chaired the NZMA Specialist Council.
I have a long-standing interest in the regulation of medical practice, and in recent years have taken an interest in the use of statistics and data in the public arena.