Dr. Soane Misiloi

Executive Secretary / 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. 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. Sam Anderson

National President

Kia Ora Koutou. I am Sam, President of the NZRDA, a delegate at Waikato Hospital and an Intensive Care Trainee. A member of the union for 5 years and an executive member for 4, I have a staunch belief in robust RMO employment rights and the protection of training quality, both of which are often given up for DHB service provision. My role within the union is to provide leadership for your executive who in turn represent your views from the regions. Please feel free to contact either myself or the rest of the union team via ask@nzrda.org.nz if you have any questions, or if you are in the Waikato, simply wander up to the ICU!

Dr. Henry Schofield

MidCentral Region

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. 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

Vice President

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

Community Representative

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!

Mike Peebles

Auckland Region

William Blackburne

Wellington

Kia Ora, my name is Will and I am working as an ICU Registrar in the Wellington region. I believe that the well-being of RMOs is crucial to the good functioning of our health system. It is crucial that RMO's know our rights and fight to maintain them - The RDA is key in ensuring that RMOs right are observed and respected. I am interested in the important transitions for RMOs and what the RDA can do to support RMOs during these periods. I am more than happy to help with any concerns or issues arising in our local DHBs, please don't hesitate to ask.

Natalia Sjardin

Waikato Region

Rosa Tobin-Stickings

Otago Region

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 read the union rules here.

You can view the profiles of our current National Executive members below.

Your current President is Dr Sam Anderson. Sam is originally from Christchurch but lives and works in Whangarei. He is interested in anything to do with the RDA, and believes that no issue is too big or too small. Sam has previously worked at the Ministry of Health, and before that at the Ministry of Social Development, so he has experience in seeing things from both sides.

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. Soane Misiloi

Executive Secretary / Treasurer

Dr. Deborah Powell

National Secretary

Dr. Maple Goh

Auckland Region

Dr. Sam Anderson

National President

Dr. Henry Schofield

MidCentral Region

Dr. Vanessa Bowden

Canterbury Region

Dr. James Anderson

Vice President

Dr. Sarah Rance

Community Representative

Dr. Ralston D'Souza

Community Representative

Mike Peebles

Auckland Region

William Blackburne

Wellington

Natalia Sjardin

Waikato Region

Rosa Tobin-Stickings

Otago 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

Freephone: 0800 803 993

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