Dr. Courtney Brown

National President

Kia ora, my name is Courtney and I am your National President. I am a PGY4 medical registrar working in the Wellington region.

I joined the RDA in my trainee intern year, and became a delegate in early 2016. I soon became the Wellington National Executive representative, before taking on the role of Vice President in 2017. I became your National President in March 2018. I am passionate about employee rights, in particular health and wellbeing, safe rostering and access to leave. I also have a particular interest in other "big picture" stuff such as health workforce planning and RMO training.

I was involved in the "Safer Rosters" bargaining, and more recently, have led (along with out talented CNS team) the 2018/2019 MECA negotiations.

When I am not at work I try to make the most of all that Wellington has to offer - the beaches, the bush, the restaurants and cafes. I also try to get back to my hometown in the Wairarapa every now and again. Feel free to get in touch - email or call the RDA office and they will forward your questions, queries or concerns through to me.

Dr. Kat Foster

Vice President

Hey there! My name’s Kat, and I’m an ED registrar stationed in the Auckland region. I started out working in Hawkes Bay, moving to the big smoke after my first year to be closer to family. If I’m not working or studying, I can be found, fairly reliably, traipsing around the city’s beaches and volcanoes with my dog, Stanley.

I was a fairly late convert to the RDA, feeling as many people do, that we have it so good in New Zealand, what was the need for change? This view shifted when I moved into a big DHB, suddenly just one of a number in the mass, vulnerable and voiceless. The RDA was there, supporting me to stand up for myself, providing invaluable guidance and expertise. I am now lucky enough to be in a position to provide that same assistance to other members, so together we can maintain the strength and integrity of our work environment, and our union. I look forward to representing the Auckland RMOs this year, and know that, together, we can stand up to any challenge. If you need anything, I’m simply an email, phone call, or text away!

Dr. Soane Misiloi

Treasurer

Malo ‘e lelei, my name is Soane Misiloi and I am a non-SET Surgical registrar working in the Auckland Region. I started as an RDA delegate after encountering MECA breaches as a House Surgeon and have recently become the Secretary Treasurer for the NZRDA. Vocationally, I am working towards a surgical career having done work in Cardiothoracic Surgery and now General Surgery. I have a keen interest in the “bigger picture” health outcomes and how systems and policy affect these. I look forward to representing our members in my role on the National Executive to help further improve the working conditions and well-being of RMOs.

Dr. Deborah Powell

National Secretary

Deborah holds the overall management responsibility for the office with a particular interest in Collective Employment Negotiations and Personal Grievances. She represents health practitioners in claim situations with both employers and individuals. She holds a BSc from Victoria University and a Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery from University of Auckland.

Dr. Joel Kranz

Auckland Region

Hey everyone! My name’s Joel, and I am a PGY6 Radiology Registrar in the Auckland region. I am a born and bred Aucklander but spent my first 3-4 years working in Taranaki Base and Dunedin Hospitals. I joined the RDA as a Trainee Intern and have been a delegate from PGY1 onwards. Whilst initially I spent a great deal of time working on improving rosters and remuneration issues, in the last few years I’ve been focusing more on the big picture as a member of the bargaining team.

I also believe that time outside of medicine is just as important as career/work, not only to enjoy what the world and NZ has to offer but also to recharge and stay engaged. Outside of medicine my passions are travelling, fishing and hiking, so if I don’t see you down visiting in Radiology perhaps I’ll see you out and about in the NZ wilderness!

Dr. Maple Goh

Auckland Region

Kia ora koutou and 大家好,

I’m Maple and I’m a PGY1 house officer in Middlemore Hospital. I strongly believe in providing a healthy and supportive environment for RMOs to thrive in, and advocating for us in difficult times as well-rested and happy RMOs provide efficient and safe care for their patients. I’m also big on pushing for better mental health, and for me, that means playing music, scuba diving, traveling and spending time with the people I love!

I’m still new to the game and constantly learning, but always going to do my best to listen and support you, so get in touch if you ever have any concerns.

Dr. Christina Vanderboor

Auckland Region

Hiya! I’m Teresa, PGY3 in Auckland City, aiming for Ortho eventually but not in any hurry. I spent PGY1 in Waikato where I initiated several changes centered around RMO wellness and MECA entitlements. I’m big on empowerment and giving RMOs the tools/knowledge to stand up for themselves, but I’m also here to back you up. I’ve been an advocate for change down in Waikato and I want to be able to do the same for all RMOs across the country now as a member of the National Executive.

Dr. Sam Anderson

Waikato Region

Hi, I’m Sam. I’m a PGY2, originally from Christchurch but living in Hamilton and employed at Waikato Hospital. I’ve previously worked at the Ministry of Health, and before that at the Ministry of Social Development, so I have experience in seeing things from both sides. I’m interested in anything to do the RDA and I’m easily approachable, so if you have any issue you want to discuss, please feel free to get in touch. No issue is too small or too big: I can’t claim to know everything, but I’m always eager to follow things up on your behalf.

Dr. Alex Hedley

Hawke’s Bay Region

Tēnā Koutou,
My name is Alex Hedley and I’m currently working as PGY2 at Hawke’s Bay Hospital. I am originally from the small northern Hawke’s Bay town of Wairoa.
I joined the RDA as a trainee intern because I wanted to be familiar with the conditions of employment from day one on the job. Since then I have been involved in enforcing the MECA interpretation within our DHB with good effect so far.
Within medicine, my interests lie in Surgery, Radiology and Emergency Medicine. I am currently gaining further experience in these areas to aid my decision making for my future career.
I have always been involved with representation and advocacy roles during my medical training and my time in the medical workforce. I have also always been a strong supporter of the union movement and the rights of employees in all industries. I look forward to continuing this work representing members from the significant number of regional centres around New Zealand. Feel free to contact me if you have any specific issues or concerns to discuss.

Dr. Henry Schofield

MidCentral

Kia Ora Koutou,
I’m Henry and one of the delegates in the Midcentral DHB. I’m a big believer in doctors looking after themselves to better care for their patients. For me, this means being able to regularly play lots of music and spend meaningful time with friends and whanau. My main goal is working towards getting the conditions, pay and leave that can reflect how much work we put in, to enable all of us to pursue our passions both in medicine and outside medicine.
I grew up in the Hawke’s Bay and landed my first job in Palmy, so have strong ties to the central region and the communities we look after. I’ve still got a bunch to learn but am always available to anyone with any concerns about what’s happening in their work life or otherwise. Please get in touch with any issues you are facing and I’ll do my best to attend to them.

Dr. Bridget Watson

Capital & Coast

Kia ora,

I’m Bridget and I am a SET 4 General Surgery trainee at Wellington Hospital. I was encouraged to join the RDA last year because of the disastrous events of 2018. My motivation for joining and getting on the executive was to protect our training. Aside from being present at the signing of the Magna Carta, I have worked at a number of DHBs. I hope to give a different perspective and broaden the church of the RDA.
Once we are over the hump of the current negotiations I would like to move the needle on flexible training.

Alea iacta est

Bridget

Dr. Vanessa Bowden

Canterbury Region

Kia Ora,

I’m Vanessa and I work as a House Officer in Christchurch with an interest in O&G. I love working closely with the RDA to ensure RMOs know their rights and are advocated for. I am always approachable if anybody has any questions or concerns.

Dr. James Anderson

Otago Region

Kia Ora, my name is James and I am enjoying working and training as a Paediatric Registrar in Dunedin Hospital. I am originally from Scotland but moved to New Zealand in 2016. On arrival I spent some time rotating through medical specialties as a House Officer before beginning my training in Paediatrics.
I am passionate about supporting doctors achieving safe working conditions, hours and a decent work-life balance. If you have any issues I’m approachable and happy to help, even if it’s just for a chat.

Dr. Sarah Rance

Community Representative

My name is Sarah and I’m your GP Representative. I’m passionate about seeing through all the changes we’ve been working toward As such I’m proud to be representing you on the National Exec. I’m always available by email and willing to lend an ear to any concerns, regardless how small.

Dr. Ralston D'Souza

Auckland Region

I'm Ralston and I'm a rural hospital medicine registrar. I'm currently based at Waitemata DHB working as a palliative care registrar. I've been a delegate for the NZRDA since I graduated and started working in the Bay of Plenty.
I'm passionate about advocating for my patients and colleagues as both groups often feel they are not being heard. I strongly believe that the health and wellbeing of all healthcare professionals is directly linked to the quality of care that we deliver to our patients. Thus my aim is to listen to my colleagues, identify issues and provide solutions that will eventually lead to better outcomes for all.
Feel free to get in touch anytime!

National Executive

YOUR EXECUTIVE

All members of the National Executive are delegates and many have participated in MECA bargaining in the past. It is a requirement of the NZRDA rules that all National Executive members be elected in accordance with the correct processes. You can view the profiles of our current National Executive members below.

Your current President is Dr Courtney Brown. Courtney works in Wellington, and has a particular interest in medicine and medical subspecialties. She is passionate about employee rights, in particular safe working conditions, safe rostering and leave entitlements. She also have a particular interest in other “big picture” issues such as health workforce funding and RMO training.

COMPOSITION
The National Executive is composed of your President, Vice President, Executive Secretary, Treasurer, and regional representatives.

Main Functions

MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP
The National Executive’s main functions are:
– to manage the overall direction of the NZRDA’s activities throughout the year;
– to promote the objectives of NZRDA;
– to ensure implementation of any decisions made at an AGM and any National Membership Meetings;
– to hold other structures, bodies and officers of NZRDA accountable for their functioning;
– to resolve disputes or problems encountered between NZRDA members or bodies;
– to ensure that there is sound financial policy, including safeguarding any assets of NZRDA and managing its business (including investments);
– to ensure NZRDA’s compliance with its own rules and the law.

SMOOTH RUNNING
The National Executive is primarily charged with the responsibility of running the RDA between AGMs and acts upon input from members after being channelled through workplace representatives – your delegates.

Purpose

NZRDA DIRECTION
The National Executive is primarily charged with the responsibility of running the RDA between AGMs and acts upon input from members after being channelled through workplace representatives – your delegates. The National Executive is in essence the RDA’s ‘board of directors’. The National Executive provides leadership and works to ensure accountability processes are adhered to.

MEETING AND CONSULTATION
The National Executive come together to meet formally at least three times a year in addition to the AGM and at any other times it sees fit to discuss both current and future issues.

Meet your National Executive

Dr. Courtney Brown

National President

Dr. Kat Foster

Vice President

Dr. Soane Misiloi

Treasurer

Dr. Deborah Powell

National Secretary

Dr. Joel Kranz

Auckland Region

Dr. Maple Goh

Auckland Region

Dr. Christina Vanderboor

Auckland Region

Dr. Sam Anderson

Waikato Region

Dr. Alex Hedley

Hawke’s Bay Region

Dr. Henry Schofield

MidCentral

Dr. Bridget Watson

Capital & Coast

Dr. Vanessa Bowden

Canterbury Region

Dr. James Anderson

Otago Region

Dr. Sarah Rance

Community Representative

Dr. Ralston D'Souza

Auckland Region

Get in touch with NZRDA

If you have any questions or general enquiries, get in touch with us using the contact details below or the form on this page.

Membership queries: membership@nzrda.org.nz
General & contract queries: ask@nzrda.org.nz

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