National Advisory Council representative
Mid North representative
I am a GP in Kerikeri and an elected member of the Northland DHB. Originally from the UK, I trained at the University of Newcastle Medical School before spending 10 years in the Royal Marines. I emigrated to New Zealand in 2004 with my wife and two border terriers, and began to develop an interest in portrait photography. This has led to the concept of photographing patients in my GP practice, giving a unique insight into the doctor–patient relationship. One of these photos won the People’s Choice Northland BDO Art Award in 2013.
Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer
From Northland, I was raised in Tauraroa with high hopes from my teachers at the local area school that I might become a teacher or a shop assistant. After a BSc in pharmacology and physiology I entered medicine, graduating in 1997. I am a GP locum which suits my role in owning and operating a dairy farm with my husband in Northland. After working in the UK and various places in the North Island I have returned to the north and enjoy the rural community that I live in. Due to my lack of ability to commit to a practice and the fact that I get my kids to bed by 6pm I have time to take on a position on the faculty board. I am excited about the direction the faculty is taking and hope that the new website facilitates connection with our members.
Auckland Faculty Research Trust representative
I was brought up in Waima in the south Hokianga. My family come from Kauri near Hikurangi, Okaihau and Kerikeri. It was by accident that I ended up in general practice - I ran out of specialities to try as a young doctor. For 10y I worked as a rural GP in Ruakaka before taking up the role of Clinical Director of Primary Healthcare for Northland. Currently I work as a Kaupapa Māori Medical Officer for Ki a Ora Ngātiwai, a Senior Lecturer at Auckland University and as a youth health doctor in a Northland high school. My research areas of interest are in equity and access to primary care, quality improvement in general practice and educational research.
Mid North representative
I am an escaped Pom - grew up in London. Spent 9 years as a physiologist undertaking research on male reproductive physiology (probably explains my ability to talk balls!) - got bored with that so back to med school, then toyed with the idea of a few specialities - enjoyed them all so therefore obvious to become a Generalist. I was a GP in Dargaville for 6 months in 1986 then back to England and GP in Norfolk for 13 years. Have been in NZ since 2001 working for 6 years in Dargaville and then in the Hokianga. I have special interests in chronic pain, rural generalist medicine and the problems of social inequality and health.
I am a Capricorn who enjoys long walks on the beach only if it ends in getting into the boat to go diving, fishing or towing my two mad kids around at breakneck speed. I am forced to work as a partner at the Bush Road Medical Centre to pay for my lifestyle where I still enjoy my patients but loathe my paperwork. Married to Trina, a senior psychiatry registrar at WBH who is still trying to work me out. Born and (in) bred in Whangarei it’s nice to be back in the north which has so much to offer.
Despite being frantically busy at work I still make time for Whitecross Board, College and assorted PHO commitments because it’s I feel it’s vitally important that General Practice is looked after in this town because if we don’t stand up we will all lose out. (That’s also a request for other young GPs to join us with these ongoing commitments…).
I am a graduate from Auckland Medical School in 1979, completed House Surgeon years in Northland, and I now work as a General Practitioner in Whangarei. I practise Integrative Medicine and combine mainstream with natural medicine at the Northland Environmental Health Clinic founded in 2001. I have studied and treated patients with environmental illness for 20 years. Am a fellow and lecturer at ACNEM. As a clinical metal toxicologist I have has co-authored two published research papers on mercury toxicity. Am also a forensic physician with a Masters in Forensic Medicine from Monash University. From 1984 to 1990 I was a Trappist monk at Kopua Monastery, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. I am married with five daughters. My current interests include watercolour painting, sailing, tennis, building, philosophy, and meditation.
I have lived and worked here forever (since early 1980s which is close) - I guess life has passed by without my noticing too much. I have always enjoyed the general of general practice, but have gotten involved in teaching on some emergency courses, APLS and EMST, which provides more interest. I have completed Rural Hospital doctor grandparenting stuff also - not sure how useful it is to me.
I am moderately famous for being attacked by a shark. It flipped me out of my kayak 1.5km off shore but left me otherwise intact.
Far North representative