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Medical Council of New Zealand Chief Executive Appointment

  • Media release
  • 19 December 2017

The Medical Council has appointed Mrs Joan Simeon as the Chief Executive of the Medical Council of New Zealand, replacing Mr Philip Pigou who recently left the position after 12 years as CEO. Read more about Medical Council of New Zealand Chief Executive Appointment

Medical Council Election

  • Media release
  • 20 November 2017

Every three years the Council holds an election in which the profession votes to choose four doctors (medical practitioners) as nominees to the Medical Council Read more about Medical Council Election

Briefing note for the Hon Dr David Clark, Minister of Health

  • Media release
  • 7 November 2017

The Medical Council of New Zealand prepared a briefing note for the Hon Dr David Clark, the incoming Minister of Health. Read more about Briefing note for the Hon Dr David Clark, Minister of Health

Strengthening the cultural competence of our doctors

  • Media release
  • 9 June 2017

Improving cultural competence and creating culturally safe environments for both patients and doctors is the aim of a new joint project between the Medical Council of New Zealand (Council) and Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa (Te ORA), the Māori Medical Practitioners Association. Read more about Strengthening the cultural competence of our doctors

Primary-source verification

  • Media release
  • 21 April 2017

In August 2016, Council decided to require that applicants for registration who hold overseas qualifications, must have their qualifications primary-source verified. Read more about Primary-source verification

Prevocational Medical Training Implementation Review Report

  • Media release
  • 17 March 2017

The Medical Council of New Zealand is pleased to be able to publish an independent report on a review of the implementation of changes to the New Zealand Prevocational Medical Training Programme Read more about Prevocational Medical Training Implementation Review Report

Consultation on strengthening recertification for vocationally registered doctors

  • In Consultation
  • 24 January 2017

The Medical Council of New Zealand (Council) is reviewing the current recertification requirements for vocationally registered doctors and proposing new requirements and standards for medical college accreditation. Read more about Consultation on strengthening recertification for vocationally registered doctors

Vision and principles for recertification for doctors in New Zealand

  • Media release
  • 30 March 2016

The Medical Council have revised Council’s Vision and principles for recertification for doctors in New Zealand to reflect the feedback received from the consultation. Read more about Vision and principles for recertification for doctors in New Zealand

Better Data – the benefits to the profession and public - key themes from the submissions

  • Media release
  • 1 December 2015

In March 2015, Council released a discussion paper titled Better Data — the benefits to the profession and the public (Better Data). Read more about Better Data – the benefits to the profession and public - key themes from the submissions

Update on Community Based Attachments in Prevocational Training

  • Media release
  • 28 September 2015

The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners, (the College), Medical Council of New Zealand (the Council), HWNZ and the District Health Boards are working together to implement the staged introduction of the community based attachments. Read more about Update on Community Based Attachments in Prevocational Training

Cultural Competence, Partnership and Health Equity: Professional Obligations Towards Māori Health Improvement

  • Media release
  • 23 September 2015

The Medical Council today called on doctors to work in partnership with Māori and address the issues of inequity they face in the health system. Read more about Cultural Competence, Partnership and Health Equity: Professional Obligations Towards Māori Health Improvement

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