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. Simone Besseling

Central Region

Kia ora koutou,

I’m Simone and I’m currently an Anaesthetic Registrar in sunny Hawke’s Bay. I’m originally from Tauranga, and trained in Dunedin, Wellington and Hawke’s Bay.

I joined NZRDA as a trainee intern as I could see that there would be a lot of potential challenges in the transition from student to employee - and I knew that RDA would have my back. I’m passionate about making sure that RMOs can participate in a sustainable and safe workforce that is future focused and committed to tackling inequity.

I’m always happy to be approached for a chat - be it work issues, life issues or just really anything.

Dr. James Anderson

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. Ralston D'Souza

Executive Secretary / Treasurer

I'm Ralston and I'm a dual training rural hospital medicine and GP registrar. I'm currently based in Lower Hutt working as an ED and GP 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 are 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!

Dr. Michael Peebles

Auckland Region

Kia ora, my name is Mike, and I'm a House Officer and soon-to-be Registrar working in Obstetrics & Gynaecology. I'm currently based in the Canterbury Region.

As doctors, we do a fantastic job of providing amazing care for our patients, but often at the expense of caring for ourselves. As such, I am incredibly passionate about the advocacy the RDA provides on reducing fatigue, allowing access to leave, and providing safer working conditions for doctors. If you ever have any issues, I'm always happy to be approached, and to give a hand, or just to be a friendly face to talk to.

Dr. Rosa Tobin-Stickings

Otago Region

Kia Ora,

My name is Rosa and I’m an advanced trainee in Emergency Medicine, currently based in Dunedin.

I have always had a keen interest in our MECA and even read it prior to gaining entry to medical school! I joined the RDA as a TI and became a delegate as a house officer. In this role, I have helped to improve rosters, advocated for individual members, and have been involved with the recent round of MECA bargaining. I am passionate about continuing to improve our working conditions and think we are stronger when we stand together.

Feel free to come and find me at work or message me if you have any union-related queries.

Dr. Hemi Enright

Community Representative

Kia ora koutou, I'm Hemi a GPEP trainee based in the Far North. This is my fourth year up north and third year as a delegate with the RDA. I look forward to assisting our members in any way that I can, especially those based in Northland.

Dr. Alex Hedley

Vice President

Tēnā Koutou,

My name is Alex Hedley. 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. Nina Luo

Waikato Region

Kia Ora, my name is Nina and I am enjoying working and training as a Neonatal Registrar at Waikato Hospital. I have been a delegate for the NZRDA since 2017.

As doctors, we are passionate about delivering excellent clinical care, but at the same time, we also need to look after ourselves. I am passionate about supporting doctors in achieving safe working conditions, rosters that reduce fatigue and stress, and better access to leave. I strongly believe that the health and well-being of all healthcare professionals are directly linked to the quality of care that we deliver to our patients. The NZRDA advocates have personally helped me with several issues, which I am very grateful for.

I am always happy to be contacted by members for advice or simply to chat.

Dr. Maggie Lin

Auckland Region

I’m Maggie, a House Officer and a basic trainee in Medicine based in Auckland. I’ve been an RDA delegate since PGY1.

I first got into the RDA as they helped me navigate through some of the issues around leave as a new graduate. This allowed me to experience the power of a union and made me realise that I wanted to be part of the team striving for great good of all doctors. Our workforce are working in very challenging situations and are very prone to burnout and stress, so I am all for achieving safer hours, fair distribution of resources, health and wellbeing of other fellow colleagues. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out.

Dr. Kerry Appleton

Wellington Region

My name is Kerry Appleton and I am a PGY-2 house officer at Wellington Hospital. I have also worked at Hutt Valley and Kenepuru Hospitals over the past year. Longterm, I am planning on pursuing a career in surgery.

I’m the Executive Member for the Wellington Region. I am passionate about ensuring RMOs are aware of their rights within the workplace and wider healthcare sector, ensuring safe working conditions and advocating for RMOs.

I’m always happy to be contacted with questions or concerns by members in the Wellington Region or further afield.

Dr. Sunil Penumarthy

Auckland Region

Kia Ora tātou.
Ko Roskill Te Maunga
Ko Whanganui Te Awa
Nо̄ India Ahau
Ko Penumarthy Tо̄ku Whānau
Ko Sunil Tо̄ku Ingoa

My name is Sunil Penumarthy. I am a basic Paediatric trainee, RDA delegate and part of the national executive team for the Auckland region.
My passion for the role comes from advocacy of our members and promoting a fair, safe and a positive training work environment. I feel strongly that holistic patient care comes from a holistic practitioner and so the values of quality time with family/friends, pursuing hobbies and rest are important to me.
Feel free to contact myself or approach me anytime.

Dr. Madeleine Hallewell

Peripheral Representative

Kia Ora,

My name is Maddy. I am a Surgical Registrar, RDA delegate and I am the Peripheral Representative for the NZRDA National Executive. I currently work in Whanganui Hospital.

I am originally from the North-West of England and moved to New Zealand at PGY3 level. I worked as an RMO in ED, Medicine, Orthopaedics, General Surgery, and relief before taking on my registrar role.

I started my career in the NHS before moving to New Zealand and have been struck by the strength of advocacy available to RMOs here. I am excited to represent those in rural areas and look forward to helping to improve conditions for all RMOs.

Dr. Anne Chiang

Canterbury, South Canterbury & West Coast Region

Tēnā koutou, my name is Anne and I’m a PGY2 house officer based in Canterbury DHB. I grew up in Ōtautahi and have been a delegate for just over a year. I am passionate about ensuring safe working and training conditions for doctors throughout all stages of their careers. Whether you are a trainee or a trainee intern, come say hi and have a chat!

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 James Anderson. James is originally from Scotland but moved to New Zealand in 2016. He is currently working and training as a Paediatric Registrar in Dunedin Hospital. He is passionate about supporting doctors achieving safe working conditions, hours and a decent work-life balance.

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. Deborah Powell

National Secretary

Dr. Simone Besseling

Central Region

Dr. James Anderson

President

Dr. Ralston D'Souza

Executive Secretary / Treasurer

Dr. Michael Peebles

Auckland Region

Dr. Rosa Tobin-Stickings

Otago Region

Dr. Hemi Enright

Community Representative

Dr. Alex Hedley

Vice President

Dr. Nina Luo

Waikato Region

Dr. Maggie Lin

Auckland Region

Dr. Kerry Appleton

Wellington Region

Dr. Sunil Penumarthy

Auckland Region

Dr. Madeleine Hallewell

Peripheral Representative

Dr. Anne Chiang

Canterbury, South Canterbury & West Coast 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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