Connecting seventeen medical colleges in Aotearoa New Zealand

CMC represents seventeen medical colleges who provide support to over 9000 medical practitioners working in a range of 34 specialties in the Aotearoa New Zealand health system. Medical colleges are educational bodies responsible for the training, examination and recertification of medical practitioners in specific medical disciplines.

CMC is a forum for the medical colleges in Aotearoa New Zealand

The Council of Medical Colleges was established in 2001 to enable member colleges to discuss issues of common interest, to share knowledge, and to co-ordinate college objectives and policies. Through the voluntary, co-operative and coordinated action of our member colleges, we seek to ensure individual medical specialties have a broad base of intercollegiate knowledge. Our Board of Trustees is made up of representatives from each of the member colleges.

Meet our Council

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Dr Samantha Murton

Chair, Trustee Board Member

Dr Samantha (Sam) Murton is the President of The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners. She is a working Wellington GP and Senior Lecturer and Trainee Intern Co-Convenor at University of Otago, Wellington. She was the College’s first medical director and is passionate about supporting general practice. One of Sam’s goals is to advocate for the profession at a national level, and she does this while maintaining practical experience that keeps her advice relevant and realistic. In 2021 Dr Murton was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to medical education.

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Dr Jessica Keepa

“Ehara taku maunga i te maunga nekeneke, he maunga tū tonu mai onamata. Ko tōku mana tuku iho nō Tuawhakarere – he ihu tō mai nō Te Pō” He uri ia nō Porourangi, Dr Jessica Keepa is a GP at Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga an iwi organisation providing health and social services from Mahia to Rimutaka. She has lived and worked in Hastings for 10 years. Jessica was a member of the former Hawke’s Bay DHB Clinical Council from 2020 to 2022. Following the health reforms she moved into a role at Te Whatu Ora – Te Matau a Māui as Clinical Advisor- Primary Care. In this role she has been involved in the Hawke’s Bay Hospital Redevelopment Programme as co-chair of the Clinical Advisory Group and a member of the Project Board. Jessica is committed to all forms of Māori development and is passionate about improving health outcomes for whānau Māori. She is currently studying Te Whakangungutanga ki Ngā Tāiro a Kupe / Bachelor of Arts (Māori) through Te Pūkenga. Jessica hopes to contribute to achieving not only health equity, but health sovereignty for our Māori and Pacific whānau.

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Dr Peter Hadden

Trustee Board Member

Dr Peter Hadden is Auckland-based ophthalmologist who specialises in vitreoretinal surgery and ocular oncology. Born in New Zealand, he graduated from Otago Medical School in 1994 and undertook further training in New Zealand and then in the UK, USA and Australia before returning to New Zealand in 2003. He is also a member of the Health Practitioners’ Disciplinary Tribunal and has been an examiner for RANZCO since 2008. He is most proud, however, of his five children.

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Ms Catherine Cooper

Catherine is Executive Director Aotearoa New Zealand and Global Health for the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG). Catherine leads RANZCOG’s Aotearoa based team and Global Health Unit and works closely with RANZCOG’s Aotearoa based committees. Catherine’s work is particularly focused on RANZCOG’s Aotearoa advocacy activities and implementation of Te Rautaki Māori me te Ara Whakamua – RANZCOG’s Māori strategy and action plan. Catherine has many years in management roles in not-for-profit and membership organisations, and in government. Catherine also has governance experience, chairing two school boards.

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Dr Andrew Simpson

Trustee Board Member

Dr Andrew Simpson is a Medical Oncologist by background and worked at Capital and Coast District Health Board from 2000 to 2016. An interest in regional and national approaches to health services led Andrew to become the Clinical Director for the newly established Central Cancer Network in 2007 and subsequently National Clinical Director Cancer for the Ministry of Health in 2012. Andrew became a Fellow of RACMA while in this role, before taking on the role of Chief Medical Officer in 2016. Andrew left the Ministry in 2020 and is currently working as an independent consultant.

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Dr Jenny Keightley

Dr Jenny Keightley is a recently retired Musculoskeletal Medicine Physician who leads the New Zealand College of Musculoskeletal Medicine. Prior to qualifying in Musculoskeletal Medicine, she was a Christchurch GP from 1981 for 28 years. Throughout her career she has been passionate about clinical leadership in health systems and improving equitable access to healthcare. Her goal now is to increase the number of Musculoskeletal Physicians and the availability of Musculoskeletal Clinics, offering access to musculoskeletal pain assessment and treatment throughout Aotearoa New Zealand ensuring there are services free of financial barrier.

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Dr Gabriel Lau

Dr Gabriel (Gabes) Lau is a Dunedin-based radiologist specialising in diagnostic and interventional radiology. He has held various roles with RANZCR, including Chief Censor. He is currently in his second term as NZ Branch Chair, representing New Zealand’s members in both radiology and radiation oncology at the CMC. Gabes is committed to working with all stakeholders to ensure New Zealand has a sustainable healthcare system.

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Dr Kelvin Ward

Dr Kelvin Ward is the chairperson of the Royal New Zealand College of Urgent Care. He has worked in Urgent Care for more than 20 years and is currently the Medical Director for the Wellington Accident and Urgent Medical Centre. He has a particular interest in the application of Point of Care Ultrasound in the Urgent Care setting. Prior to his appointment to the chairperson role, Dr Ward served on the Executive Committee of RNZCUC in 2015 and from 2018-2021. He is a current member of the MCNZ Professional Conduct Committee.

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Dr Kate Allan

Dr Kate Allan is the current Chair for the NZ Faculty Board for the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine. Kate is an Emergency Physician and Clinical Director of Emergency Medicine at Waitematā DHB. Born in New Zealand, Kate graduated from Otago Medical School in 1994 and completed her training in Emergency Medicine in New Zealand and the UK. Kate is passionate about the challenge of Emergency Medicine. As a clinical leader she is an advocate for both colleagues and patients. Kate is motivated and inspired by our ongoing challenge to deliver compassionate quality care, while maintaining an environment that feeds a thriving culture of staff wellbeing in the workplace.

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Dr Susan Fleming

Susan is a New Zealand medical graduate. She undertook her O&G training and early years of clinical practice at Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. After a fellowship in Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto she returned to Sydney with appointments at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Princess Alexandra Hospital for Children. In 2002, after a period in North America, she returned to New Zealand and clinical practice where her latter professional life has been focused on leadership within O&G. From 2013 to 2017 she was Director of Women’s Health at Auckland DHB. Although retired from clinical practice she remains professionally engaged and is on the board of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (RANZCOG), Chair of RANZCOG Professional Standards Committee, Chair of Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku (NZ branch of RANZCOG) and the New Zealand representative for the Asian Oceania Federation of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (AOFOG).

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Dr Andrew MacCormick

Andrew MacCormick trained in General Surgery in Aotearoa New Zealand. He undertook his fellowship in Upper GI and Bariatric surgery. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery, University of Auckland and a Consultant Surgeon at Middlemore Hospital. He works as a Bariatric and Upper GI surgeon and Director of Trauma. He also has a Clinical Adjunct Associate Professor appointment with Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. He has a research interest and governance roles in Environmental Sustainability with both the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and Middlemore Hospital.

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Dr Graham Roper

Dr Graham Roper works as an anesthetist at Te Nīkau Hospital and Integrated Health Facility in Mawhera in Greymouth on the West Coast where he is the Clinical Lead for Anesthesia and also the Chief Medical Officer. Previously he worked at Christchurch Hospital which included a six-year term as Clinical Director Anesthesia. Dr Roper served as a primary examiner for ANZCA. He is now the chair of the ANZCA New Zealand National Committee. He has a focus on rural workforce, quality and safety and equity.

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Dr Jo Lambert

Dr Jo Lambert (Ngāti Maniapoto, Te Ati Awa) is a Fellow and Chair of the New Zealand College of Sexual and Reproductive Health. She works at Te Toka Tumai (former ADHB) as Māori Health Lead for the Community and Long-Term Conditions Directorate and as a Forensic Examiner at the Auckland Adult Sexual Assault and Treatment Service. Jo has worked in Sexual and Reproductive Health in the Community and Hospital settings since 2003. She is particularly interested in embedding culturally safe, trauma-informed and Te Tīriti focused health care in the services and organisations she works in and with.

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Dr Jonathon Albrett

Dr Jonathan Albrett is a Specialist Intensive Care Physician and Anaesthetist at Te Whatu Ora Taranaki. He is the chair of the Aotearoa National Committee of the College of Intensive Care Medicine and Medical Director of Intensive care at Taranaki Base Hospital. He is also the Director of Clinical Training for the Taranaki region and is a passionate advocate for training, welfare and retention of medical staff in rural areas, in both hospital and community settings. He is also a member of the Medical Council of New Zealand Education Committee and is a strong advocate for all doctors in training.

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Dr Stephen Inns

Stephen is a gastroenterologist and clinical researcher. He currently works for Te Whatu Ora Capital, Coast and Hutt Valley Gastroenterologist. He is also a Senior Lecturer at University of Otago, Wellington and is the AoNZ President-Elect. Stephen’s MD thesis focused on the effect of diet on inflammatory bowel disease, particularly Crohn’s disease, and irritable bowel syndrome. His current interests include the development of specialist nursing services in gastroenterology and clinical research in IBD.

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Dr Hiran Thabrew

Dr Hiran Thabrew is Chair of Tu Te Akaaka Roa, The New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. He is a dual-trained child psychiatrist and paediatrician with numerous clinical and academic roles including being a member of the Paediatric Consult Liaison Team at Starship Children’s Hospital; Director of Te Ara Hāro, Centre for Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health at the University of Auckland; and Director of a national Child and Adolescent Research Network (CARN); and Director of a non-profit organisation for the promotion of children’s mental health (ICAMH). For additional information, please review his University profile: https://profiles.auckland.ac.nz/h-thabrew.

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Dr Liz Insull

Dr Liz Insull FRANZCO, MB ChB, BSC, PGDipOpBS, ANZSOPS Liz is an ophthalmic and oculoplastic surgeon based in Hawke’s Bay. She graduated from the University of Otago medical school in 2006 and undertook specialist ophthalmic training in Dunedin and Auckland, followed by oculoplastic sub-specialty fellowships in Exeter and Oxford in the UK. Liz is the clinical director for ophthalmology at Te Whatu Ora Te Matau a Māui, Hawke’s Bay and is the current Chair for the NZ branch of RANZCO which is working on RANZCO’s Aotearoa Vision 2030 strategic plan. She is co-director of ‘Women in Vision Aotearoa’ and sits on the RANZCO Women in Ophthalmology advisory board. Liz is the NZ representative on the Australian and New Zealand Society of Ophthalmic Plastic Surgeons (ANZSOPS) executive committee.

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Dr Elizabeth Roberts

Dr Elizabeth Roberts is an Anatomical Pathologist for Awanui Labs, Nelson. After graduating from the University of Otago Medical School in 1991 she started Fellowship training in Auckland and spent two years as an AP resident in Oregon and Massachusetts, gaining Fellowship of the RCPA in 1999. Dr Roberts is current RCPA Vice President New Zealand, chair of the NZ committee of the RCPA, previous Treasurer of the NZ committee and a committee member of the New Zealand Society of Pathologists (NZSP). Elizabeth is passionate about the role of Pathology in Medicine, especially with advancing innovations, and advocating for both Pathologists and Laboratory Scientists.

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Dr Anna Stevenson

Dr Anna Stevenson graduated from Auckland Medical School in an earlier century. She is a member of the RNZCGP and a fellow of the NZCPHM. She has worked as a public health physician in Ōtautahi for almost 20 years and as a Medical Officer of Health assisting in the COVID response. She chairs the Policy Commitee and is on the Council of the NZCPHM. Anna has had the good fortune of being able to travel widely in Aotearoa and around the world. In part this has contributed to her deep understanding that the health sector has a relatively small role to play in creating the conditions for good health and wellbeing and thriving populations -Pae Ora. Her career has focused on building partnerships with sectors outside of clinical care to ensure that population health, equity and Te Tiriti are embedded in policy processes of local and regional government.

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Dr Dan Exeter

Dan is a Sport and Exercise Physician. He is now Medical Director for Athletics New Zealand (High Performance) and has attended both the Rio Olympic Games in 2016 and the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018. ‍ Dan has previously worked with Counties Manukau and Chiefs rugby and as a tournament physician at the ASB Classic and Heineken Open. He has been an event physician for the World Rowing Championships, and ITU triathlon events both in NZ and overseas. ‍ Dan has active research interests in the areas of injury prevention and cardiac screening of athletes. His Master's degree investigated ECG screening of athletes and is also a reviewer for Heart journal in this field. He is also interested in point of care ultrasound (POCUS). He is a Board director of the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians (ACSEP). ‍

What we do

We are the unifying organisation and educational support structure for the medical colleges of Aotearoa New Zealand

Meet our staff

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Alex Marett

Executive Director

Alex Marett was appointed as the Executive Director of CMC in January 2024. Alex joined CMC after working as Hon. Chris Hipkins special advisor for the COVID-19 response. Prior to this, she worked as his advisor in the education portfolio, and for Hon. Annette King as her advisor in the health portfolio. She brings a thorough understanding of the machinery of government to the CMC, including policy-making and strategy.