Monday, 18 — Tuesday, 19 October 2021


We are proud to introduce the following facilitators

Prof Karen Adams

Karen is Wiradjuri and is Associate Dean Indigenous and the Director of Gukwonderuk Indigenous Health Unit in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Science at Monash University. Karen has over 25-years’ experience in Indigenous health as a clinician, researcher and educator. In her current role she oversees programs to develop Indigenous health curriculum across multiple health disciplines and increase the number of Indigenous health professional graduates. Her research interests focus on Indigenous equity within health systems and workforces

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Dr Jonathan Albrett

Jonathan Albrett is Director of clinical training at Taranaki base hospital. He works as an specialist in intensive care and anaesthesia. Jonathan is passionate about the prevocational training space having developed and implemented an acute skills care training programme since 2014. He was somewhat shocked and humbled to receive the CPMEC Australasian Clinical educator of the year award for this work in 2017. Jonathan's current interests include patient deterioration in hospital, multidisciplinary team training, COVID response training, professional identity formation, supervision and welfare. He is a medical member of the MCNZ education committee. Jonathan lives in New Plymouth with his wife, two daughters and two schnoodles. His other interests include intermittent fasting, collecting music on vinyl and Russian kettlebell training.

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Dr Suzanne Busch

Suzanne is a general physician in Nelson. She has been an educational supervisor for more than 15 years (prefers not to count after 15) and is the prevocational educational supervisor representative on the NZMC education committee.

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Dr Kenneth Clark

Kenneth was appointed to Council in August 2020.

Kenneth is vocationally registered in both Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Medical Administration. He is currently a practising gynaecologist in Palmerston North. Dr Clark is a past president of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Dr Clark was Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of MidCentral DHB for 17 years and he chaired the national DHB CMO group for nine years until leaving his CMO role in 2019.

Kenneth is the Chair of Council's Education Committee. He has been involved in many of Council initiatives over recent years around improving prevocational medical education.

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Kath Fox

Kath is a lay member and Deputy Chair of the Medical Council of NZ. She has had a long involvement in health and disability sector leadership and management and has held many governance roles, including Ministerial appointments, in the health sector.

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Dr Ainsley Goodman

Ainsley is vocationally registered in both General Practice and Urgent Care and has worked clinically in primary and secondary care, in the military as a civilian doctor, in governance roles, and in New Zealand, Ireland and Australia.

Ainsley is an elected Health Practitioner member of the Medical Council of New Zealand. She is a member of the MCNZ Education committee and is the MCNZ representative on the Australian Medical Council’s Progress Reports Subcommittee.

She thoroughly enjoys participating in MCNZ Accreditation visits to assess providers of prevocational and vocational medical training, and is looking forward to an upcoming Australian Medical Council accreditation visit to a binational specialist medical college.

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Dr Christopher Lewis

Chris is a respiratory physician and prevocational educational supervisor (PES), and has been director of prevocational training (DPVT) at Auckland DHB since 2018. He is originally from the UK, training in Manchester, and moved to NZ in 2000. He remains a busy clinician with interests in TB, interventional bronchoscopy and lung transplantation. As PES and DPVT he has a particular interest in helping doctors with anxiety problems, in part from having faced the same thing himself as a junior consultant. Outside work he enjoys healthy pastimes such as craft beer home brewing, and also spending quality time with his wife, 4 children and new dog.

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Dr Rachelle Love

Rachelle is of Ngāpuhi and Te Arawa descent, and lives in Christchurch. She was appointed to the Medical Council of New Zealand in August 2020.

An otolaryngology, head and neck surgeon, Rachelle is a member of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Māori Health Advisory Group. She is also an elected member of the National Board of RACS, the executive of the NZ branch of the Australasian Sleep Association, the Urutā National Māori Pandemic Group, and is a Trustee of the Hearing Research Foundation. She is a cultural advisor to the ORL Training Board.

Rachelle’s research interests are in Māori health, particularly cultural competency and cultural safety in surgical education, and in sleep surgery, where she is part of a multinational research group.

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Kim Ngarimu

Kim is a former senior public servant, having held positions as Deputy Secretary Policy, Te Puni Kōkiri, Acting Chief Executive of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and Acting Director of the Waitangi Tribunal. Since 2014 she has been Director of her own public policy consulting business, and holds a wide range of governance roles, including Chair of Hauora Tairāwhiti, Deputy Chair of Te Pūkenga, is on the boards of Northtec Ltd, EIT Ltd, Heritage New Zealand, the Māori Heritage Council and Te Māngai Pāhō, and is a member of the Waitangi Tribunal.

She is of Ngāti Porou descent, and lives in Gisborne.

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Dr Deborah Read

Deborah is a public health physician who is a medical adviser at the Medical Council of New Zealand and an Associate Professor with the Environmental Health intelligence NZ programme at Massey University, Wellington. Deborah was a director of public health medicine training for six years. From 2000 to 2008, she was a member of the Medical Council of New Zealand, including six years as Deputy Chair, and six years as Chair of the Education Committee. During this time, she was also a member of the Confederation of Postgraduate Medical Education Councils and Australian Medical Council Specialist Education Accreditation Committee. Until starting her current position with the Medical Council she had been a member of the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal for six years.

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Joan Simeon

Joan was appointed Chief Executive in December 2017, having spent the past 14 years in various senior operational and strategic roles at Council.

Joan led the review of prevocational medical training in 2011, which has since led the implementation of changes focused on improving the quality of education and training for interns. This work included developing the New Zealand Curriculum Framework, creating an electronic portfolio to record an intern’s learning and provide guidance for addressing their development needs, and training for clinical supervisors.

More recently, Joan’s work has been focused on promoting the competence of, and collegial support for, vocationally registered doctors. This includes strengthening recertification programmes to ensure that doctors maintain and continue to improve their standard of medical practice and ensuring that there is a key focus on cultural safety and health equity.

Joan sits on the Management Committee of the International Association of Medical Regulatory Authorities (IAMRA).

Joan holds a Masters in Public Management through Victoria University of Wellington and a post-graduate qualification in Business Studies from Massey University.

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Dr Curtis Walker

Curtis is the Chair of the Medical Council of New Zealand, being elected to Council in 2015 and to Chair in February 2019. Ko Whakatōhea rāua ko Ngāti Porou ngā iwi.

Formerly a veterinarian, Dr Walker retrained in human medicine and qualified from Auckland in 2007. He started work as a House Officer at Waikato hospital and commenced internal medicine training there before moving to Palmerston North and Wellington to complete his Fellowship in nephrology (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians) in 2015.

During his time as a resident doctor, he was President of the New Zealand Resident Doctors Association (NZRDA) for 5 years, and currently serves on the board of the Māori Medical Practitioners Association (Te ORA). These roles reflect the strong commitment that Dr Walker has to improving health outcomes for Māori and to supporting doctors during the long and challenging years spent in specialist training.

He commenced work as a renal and general physician in 2015 at MidCentral DHB and loves living in Palmerston North with his wife and two young children.

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