Leading doctor and CMC Chairperson Dr Samantha Murton analyses her own 'woeful' biases as cultural safety plan is launched. article by Rachel Thomas


Doctors will be taught about cultural safety as part of their medical training.

That means they'll need to think about how their own culture impacts their work, and be committed to address any biases, attitudes, assumptions, stereotypes, prejudices that may affect the quality of care provided to patients.

The chair of Te Ohu Rata O Aotearoa - Māori Medical Practitioners Association - Professor David Tipene-Leach spoke to Māni Dunlop.

Midday Report, Radio New Zealand


Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa (Te ORA) chair David Tipene-Leach says the cultural safety plan is a marker on the road to a more equitable healthcare system. article by Patrice Dougan


The CMC is delighted to announce the appointment of Esther Munro as the Executive Director of the Council of Medical Colleges.


The CMC is delighted to announce that Dr Samantha (Sam) Murton has been appointed as Chair. Dr Murton is the President of The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners as well as a working Wellington GP and senior lecturer and Trainee Intern co-convenor at University of Otago Medical School in Wellington. In 2021 Dr Murton was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to medical education.

Dr Murton is passionate about health equity and supporting a health system that meets the needs of the Aotearoa New Zealand population. She is looking forward to collaborating across medical colleges and working closely with health sector stakeholders. 


The Council of Medical Colleges was one of 117 organisations to present live to the Pae Ora Select Committee on the Pae Ora Bill during February. The chair and deputy chair, Dr John Bonning and Dr Sam Murton gave CMC’s  video-linked submission (35 minutes in). You can also watch the Royal Australasian College of Physicians presentation from Dr George Laking and Dr Stephen Innes which  is 16’30” into the recording. The Pae Ora Legislation Committee reports back on 27 April at which time the bill will be scheduled for its second reading.


The Council of Medical Colleges is proud to be associated with the Doctors Stand up for Vaccination campaign. Driven by doctors for the health and safety of New Zealanders, and backed by all of our medical colleges, the campaign has received a lot of media attention and helped Kiwis make the right choice about being vaccinated.


The Health Quality and Safety Commission has released a new video for clinicians on the Choosing Wisely campaign. It encapsulates the message that there are times when doing less is better for patients. This is a beautifully produced piece that includes stories from health care consumers along with advice from Dr John Bonning, chair of the Council of Medical Colleges. It is presented by Professor David Tipene-Leach, kaihautū/chairperson of Te ORA, general practitioner and public health physician. Check it out.


Today, the CMC and Te ORA released a report looking at cultural safety within vocational medical training. Professor David Tipene-Leach (Te ORA) and Dr Rachelle Love (RACS) were interviewed on Radio New Zealand. 


Virginia Mills has been appointed as the new Executive Director of CMC, taking up the role on June 2, 2020. 

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