Above: NZMA Chair Dr Kate Baddock, Dr Stephen Child and NZMA President, Dr Sue Hayde.
Congratulations to Dr Stephen Child who received a Fellowship award at this years Christmas cocktail function.
Dr Stephen Child trained in Canada as general physician with a respiratory interest and immigrated to New Zealand in late 1991.
He is currently the Chief Medical Officer for Southern Cross Hospital and also an Internal Medicine Specialist (with respiratory as a subspecialty interest) working at Auckland City Hospital and in private practice.
Stephen has been recognised over many years receiving several academic awards including the Distinguished Clinical Teacher Award in 2014 from the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, School of Medicine, Auckland University and the Lussier Medal and Dr Arthur Richard prize for highest standing over all four years of Medical School (Gold Medallist) in 1986.
Stephen has authored and co-authored over 20 research papers and posters and presented nationally and across the ditch and further afield in Canada.
Stephen also sits on a number of national, regional and local committees with a vision to improve education and training of junior doctors and making sure that New Zealand has a medical workforce that is well staffed and capable to look after its future medical needs.
Stephen became an elected member of the NZMA Board in 2012 having been the appointed Chair of the Auckland Division in 2011. In 2013 he became the elected Deputy Chair of the NZMA and then in 2015 became Chairman of the NZMA a position he held until 2017 when he stepped down from this role.
During his time as Chairman Stephen championed professionalism and the values of trustworthiness and altruism that underscore our social contract as doctors and our commitment to the profession.
He continues to bring this passion to his clinical work and leadership roles.