Monday, 18 — Tuesday, 19 October 2021


We are proud to introduce the following panellists

Dr Jonathan Albrett

Jonathan is Director of clinical training at Taranaki base hospital. He works as a 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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Prof Katrina Anderson

Katrina is Chair of the Canberra Region Medical Education Council and a Board member of the Confederation of Postgraduate Medical Councils. She is a member of the Australian Medical Council Prevocational Committee and the Intern Training Framework Review Working Party. She is an Associate Professor, General Practice at the Australian National University Medical School. She teaches students, junior doctors, registrars, and clinical supervisors. Her main research and education interests are in medical education specifically around vertical integration, faculty development, supervisor support and prevocational training. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and leads a "Teaching in Medicine" pathway to Associate Fellowship Higher Education Academy for junior doctors and supervisors.

In 2017 Katrina received an Australian Award for University Teaching for Excellence in Education within Biological and Health Sciences.

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A/Prof Lilon Bandler

MB BS, MHPol, GradCertEdStud (Higher Education), FRACGP

Lilon is Associate Professor and Principal Research Fellow for the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) Network. She has been involved in medical education across the healthcare sector since 1985.

Lilon has worked in general practice for many years and currently provides regular GP services (including Telehealth) to rural and remote western New South Wales, Australia. She is a member of the Macquarie University Humanities and Social Sciences Human Research Ethics 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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Dr Andrew Curtis

Ko Andrew tōku ingoa. Andrew is a second year anaesthetic trainee at Dunedin Hospital with 30 years of life before medicine. This life included work as a researcher, educationalist and outdoor guide.

He has spent a lot of time amongst other cultures or in silent contemplation and finds the humanistic aspect of medicine intriguing.

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Dr Emma Espiner

Emma Espiner (Ngāti Tukorehe, Ngāti Porou) is a doctor at Middlemore Hospital. Emma hosts the RNZ podcast on Māori health equity, Getting Better which won best podcast at the Voyager media awards in 2021. She won Voyager Opinion Writer of the Year in 2020. Emma's writing has been published at The Spinoff,,, The Guardian, and in academic and literary journals.

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Dr Eric Levi

Eric is a Paediatric and Adult ENT Head and Neck Surgeon based in Melbourne Australia. He did his internship, residency and surgical training in Victoria and subsequently went to Canada, Brisbane and Auckland for three years of consecutive subspecialty Fellowships.

He is a surgical supervisor and a member of several wellbeing boards.

His main area of interests include airway reconstruction, head and neck Tumour, clinical education and leadership.

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Kim Ngārimu

Kim is a lay member of the Medical Council of New Zealand. She is also 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 Bryony Nicholls

Bryony is an emergency medicine registrar based in Auckland with a background in both undergraduate and postgraduate medical education, including simulation training. She previously sat on the Medical Council of New Zealand’s Education Committee which provided a fascinating insight into the many aspects of processes for provision, regulation and evolution of medical education in Aotearoa New Zealand. She enjoys medical education as an important complement to, and component of, clinical medicine.

In her non-work life, she has the privilege of being the mum of a fun and highly energetic 15 month old!

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Prof Suzanne Pitama

MA (First Class Hons) PGDipEdPsych, PhD (Otago). NZSPsS

Suzanne is the Hauora Māori Discipline lead of the Otago Medical School and Associate Dean Māori, Christchurch campus. She is a registered educational psychologist and has been involved in Māori health research and health professional education for 20 years. Suzanne is focussed on addressing Māori health inequities through medical education, health research and through membership on appropriate committees and boards, which include the Health Research Council of New Zealand Board and as a Director on the Australia Medical Council Ltd.

Suzanne has received a number of awards for her teaching including the Prime Minister’s Supreme Award for tertiary teaching excellence and the Indigenous Leadership Award from the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) community of practice. Suzanne was awarded the Joan Metge Medal for her research within the field of Indigenous medical education.

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Prof Phillippa Poole

MBChB (Auckland), MD, FRACP

A medical graduate of the University of Auckland and a general physician, Phillippa is Head of the School of Medicine in Auckland. She is a past Head of the Auckland medical programme and over the past decade has chaired the Northern Region Prevocational Training Committee. Her main interest is in the medical workforce pipeline: equitable medical student selection, education and training to produce a diverse, fit-for-purpose workforce for Aotearoa /NZ. She is co-principal investigator of the New Zealand Medical Schools Outcomes Database and Longitudinal Tracking Project (MSOD project).

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Jules Scholfield

Jules is an Emergency Physician and lead Prevocational Educational Supervisor at the Waikato Hospital in New Zealand. She has a Master of Clinical Education and a Master of Health Leadership specialising in Clinical Quality and Safety. She has been heavily involved in Emergency Medicine training and prevocational education for over a decade. Promoting healthcare professional wellbeing, psychological safety and resilience in the workplace are really important values that she sees as key to enabling us to look after our patients with the highest quality care.

Jules lives semi-rurally with her husband, children and labrador. She enjoys goal setting in both her personal and professional life and is close to completing her goal of running every day for a year. Surprisingly, her labrador can’t wait for the year to be over!

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Dr Artiene Tatian

Artiene is a proud descendent of the Arrernte, Gadigal and Darug people of Australia and is currently completing the final months of his Dermatology fellowship training in Sydney NSW. He attained his Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery from Western Sydney University and completed his Advanced Science degree (Chemistry) and a Master of Indigenous Health concurrently. He has published and presented widely in both chemistry and medicine with a special interest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, education, paediatric dermatology and immunodermatology.

He is actively engaged with his local Aboriginal community and is the current co-chair of the Australian Medical Council Aboriginal (AMC), Torres Strait Islander and Māori Committee. He is also a current member of the AMC Prevocational accreditation committee. Artiene is a previous Board Director of Gandangarra Local Aboriginal Land Council (GLALC) and the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association (AIDA). In these roles he has gained a wealth of experience in advocacy, medical education, accreditation, policy development and implementation. He has experienced the barriers facing First Nation people first-hand and has dedicated his work to addressing these issues through education, research and clinical practice.

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Dr Annette Turley


Annette is currently the Director of Clinical Training for Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service (0.5FTE) as well as still working as a Senior Staff Specialist Anaesthetist (0.5FTE).

Annette participates in the Work Based Assessment and interview processes for International Specialist Anaesthetists and has held Clinical and Education roles within New Zealand and Australia, including Supervisor of Vocational Training and 14 years as a Primary Examiner with ANZCA. Other Professional Anaesthesia involvement includes time as the President of the New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists and Professional Issues Advisory committee membership with the Australian Society of Anaesthetists.

Throughout her medical career she has had the opportunity to develop medical workforce through DMS and EDMS positions in Central Queensland Hospital and Health service, Co-Chair of the Qld Statewide Anaesthesia and Perioperative network, membership of the Qld Clinical and the Regional Training Hub for University of Queensland.

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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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