Speaker Profiles

Associate Professor Jeff Garrett

Jeff has been a practising Respiratory Physician since 1987. He has been in private practice since 1988 and held appointments at both Green Lane Hospital and Middlemore Hospital as a Respiratory Physician. He was Clinical Director of Respiratory Services at Green Lane Hospital between 1992 and 1999 and has been Clinical Director of Medicine at Middlemore Hospital from 2002 until 2015.

Jeff was President of the New Zealand Branch of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand for 5 years from 2002. He has chaired or been a member of a number of national respiratory committees including the National Respiratory Standards Committee, National COPD, Lung Cancer and Oxygen Service Committees and National Asthma Standards Committee. He sat on the European Respiratory Society Committee as an overseas delegate for 5 years, the Asian Pacific Asthma Advisory Committee, the International Advisory Committee on inhaler therapy and the Australian Lung cancer Guidelines committee. He has published 70 papers in peer reviewed journals and written 5 book chapters.

His presentation will concentrate on the standards and processes required to diagnose and manage of lung cancer. A variety of processes are required to achieve this and include:

  1. Improve GP and public’s awareness of lung cancer symptoms and
    outcomes (if diagnosed early)
  2. Identification of patients at high risk of lung cancer (COPD, FH/PH cancer, >15 pack year history, >45 years), CT scan screening is under review.
  3. Clinical Pathways (Integrated) and which are auditable
  4. Improved communication (e-referrals, GP access to hospital records)
  5. Improved coordination of care
  6. Prompt assessment and work-up by respiratory team with multidisciplinary discussion
  7. Accurate and timely selection of patients for potentially curative treatment
  8. Improved information and support for patients

Dr Lisa Dawson

I'm originally from England, trained at St. George's Medical school in London. Came to NZ in 1994 after meeting my Kiwi husband sailing in the Greek Islands. I initially trained as a GP but returned to hospital medicine in 2005 and retrained as a physician and specialised in Oncology. In the meantime we have had 6 children. We moved to Whangarei in 2013. We continue to love sailing and have a yacht. My husband is a policeman.

I have spent the last 3 years as clinical director of cancer and blood services, building the service from a satellite of Auckland to an independent service. Last year we won the Northland health awards for Health Innovation. This year I have passed the role of director on to Vince Newton.

Dr Sarah Poplar

I am a UK trained haematologist, born in Lincoln. I joined the Jim Carney Cancer Centre in 2015 to help set up the haematology service in Northland and enjoy Northland’s natural beauty and outdoor lifestyle.

Dr David Hammer

David did his undergraduate training on the sunny slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain. After that, he undertook a four year tour of duty in the hellhole trenches of the UK NHS. It was there that he gained his MRCP and a passion for preventing the healthcare-acquired infections he saw on a daily basis. The weight of the world lifted off his shoulders when he moved to New Zealand. He moved to Christchurch and, hanging up his stethoscope, entered the shadowy underworld of laboratory medicine in order to pursue his lifelong love of microbes.

He left Canterbury’s rocky shores in 2011 to take up post as Northland DHB’s resident microbiologist and hospital epidemiologist. He is currently studying for a Master’s in epidemiology. David’s professional passions include destroying bad bugs, stopping healthcare-associated infections and preserving our precious antibiotics for future generations.

After hours, David’s hobbies include mountain biking, stand up paddle-boarding and battling the weeds in his vegetable patch.