New Zealand Branch

New Zealand Branch Activities

New Zealand Radiology Education Trust

The professional, educational and political interests of clinical radiologists and radiation oncologists in New Zealand are overseen by the New Zealand Branch Committee (NZBC) and the New Zealand Radiation Oncology Executive (NZROE).

These two committees represent the College when advocating and collaborating with government, regulatory organisations, District Health Boards and other stakeholders. Both the NZBC and NZROE consist of members from around the country who work both in the public and private sectors.

New Zealand Branch Committee members

Dr Gabriel Lau, Chair

Prof John Slavotinek

Dr Rajiv Rattan, Dean, FCR

Dr Michael Baker, Councilor, FCR

Dr Verity Wood, Professional Practice Committee (PPC) 

Dr Hugh Roberts, Branch Education Officer 

Dr Adam Worthington, Quality and Standards Committee (SQSC)

Dr Missa Amin, Workforce Representative

Dr David Dow, Committee Member

Dr Alana Heath, Committee Member

Dr Daniel Joh, Trainee Representative

New Zealand Radiation Oncology Executive members

Dr Shaun Costello, Chair & ROWG Representative

Dr Gerard Adams, Dean Faculty Council

Dr Gabes Lau, NZ Branch Chair

Dr Tivanka Senanayake, Education & Training Committee

Vacant, Targeting Cancer

Dr Susan Brooks, Training Network Director

Dr Iain Ward, Quality & Improvement Committee

Dr Giuseppe Sasso, Economics & Workforce Committee

Dr Carol Johnson, Professional Practice Committee

Dr Melissa James, Research Committee 

Dr Dushiyanthi Rasanathan, Trainee Representative

New Zealand Branch Activities

The New Zealand Branch leads a number of activities to support our members in New Zealand, including:

NZ 2023 AGM


Please find the NZ AGM 2023 papers here

Trainee Recruitment

The New Zealand Branch runs recruitment programmes in New Zealand for first year clinical radiology and radiation oncology training positions. Each year, recruitment is advertised on this website and with Te Whatu Ora. 

Applications open on 20 March 2024.

Clinical Radiology 

Annual National Recruitment (Positions Starting January 2025)
  • Applications open: Wednesday, 20 March 2024
  • Applications close: 2 pm, Monday 22 April 2024
  • Interview date: Tuesday 11 June 2024.

Click here from 20 March for clinical radiology application forms and information

Radiation Oncology 

Annual National Recruitment (Positions Starting January 2025)
  • Applications open: Wednesday, 20 March 2024
  • Applications close: 2pm, Monday 22 April 2024
  • Interview date: Tuesday 18 June 2024

Click here from 20 March for radiation oncology application forms and information

COPS Application Requirement

You are expected to provide a Certificate of Professional Status (COPS) from the Medical Council of New Zealand with your application documents. This requirement was introduced in 2022. If you have never been registered with the Medical Council of New Zealand, then a COPS (or equivalent) from the jurisdiction in which you are currently registered and working will be required.

You do not need to submit a COPS from more than one jurisdiction.

If you are intending on applying to join either training programme, it may be advisable that you apply for a COPS ahead of time. You can apply for a COPS through your MCNZ portal. The COPS will need to be sent from the MCNZ directly to RANZCR at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please note, the MCNZ do charge a fee for this certificate.


The College actively engages with governments, industry, consumers and other stakeholders in clinical radiology and radiation oncology to ensure consumers have access to quality services.

Some examples of advocacy specific to the New Zealand setting include:

  • Liaison with the Ministry of Health’s Cancer Control Agency, in particular the College’s submission on the Cancer Action Plan.
  • Participation in the Health and Disability Review: the respective Chairs for the New Zealand Radiology and Radiation Oncology Committees met with the Chair of the review, Ms Heather Simpson; and both Faculties made detailed submissions to the review.
  • The establishment of an expert advisory group that meets regularly with the Accident and Compensation Corporation (ACC) to discuss issues pertinent to musculoskeletal medicine. Recent topics of discussion have included, the nationwide roll out of the HTI programme (GP MRI referrals), ethical referrals and preserving patient choice.
  • Ongoing liaison and with the Ministry of Health’s Radiation Oncology Working Group and National Radiology Advisory Group.
  • In the lead up to the 2020 New Zealand General Election, the College: developed a document detailing the College’s election priorities; and surveyed all political parties seeking commitments to the issues most important to our members, including patient access to safe and vital medical imaging and radiation therapy.

Our work to develop policy, professional standards, practice standards and quality projects is the foundation of our advocacy work. For some examples of our advocacy work, please refer to our position statements and submissions and media releases.


The New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting is held every year, being a conjoint event between the two Faculties, as well as a number of other events. Find out what’s on in New Zealand.

New Zealand Radiology Education Trust

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The NZ Radiology Education Trust focuses on quality, education, research, workforce development and peer support and aims to promote and raise the profile of radiology and/or radiation oncology, and to educate the wider medical and public communities on the optimal use of radiology. 


In 1997, a charitable trust known as the RANZCR NZ Branch Education Trust Fund was established to benefit the greater radiological membership, the wider medical community and the people of New Zealand. The benefit to the greater radiological membership was to be directed at quality, education, research, workforce development and peer support. In 2010 it was renamed the New Zealand Radiology Education Trust.

The formal purposes of the Trust are;

  • to promote or encourage research into the study or practice of clinical radiology and radiation oncology;
  • to promote teaching and education in clinical radiology and radiation oncology;
  • to undertake any other activities, and do any other things, which the Trustees consider will or may be of benefit of clinical radiology and radiation oncology, its facilities, or any of the services which it provides.

The Trust fulfils its purposes in a couple of ways:

  • Providing funding towards radiology and radiation oncology educational and research initiatives that are in alignment with the purposes of the Trust (for example the Auckland Radiology pre-part 2 intensive course and the Dunedin Part Two Viva Course).
  • Promoting the profession through its awards (the NZ Radiology Education Trust Proffered Paper Prize and the NZ Radiology Education Trust Poster Prize presented annually at the New Zealand Branch ASM)

Applications for funding are now open

If you are interested in applying for funding, please see the funding information sheet and the funding application form.

There are three funding rounds approved for 2023/2024 as follows:

  • Application closing date 28 February 2024 – Consideration and outcome communicated in late March.
  • Application closing date 3 July 2024 – Consideration and outcome communicated in late August
  • Application closing date 3 October 2024 – Consideration and outcome communicated in late November.

The NZRET Pikimairawea Award

The Trustees are proud to introduce the NZRET Pikimairawea Award.

Māori legend says that the demigod Maui obtained his knowledge from his grandmother’s jawbone. He fashioned a matau (hook) with that jawbone and fished up the North Island. Taranaki tradition has a name for that jawbone – Pikimairawea.  

There has long been a connection between bones and radiology. Additionally, ‘piki mai’ means climb hither or strive and ‘rawe’ means excellence in Te Reo Māori.

The NZRET Pikimairawea Award is to honour New Zealand Fellows who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to and/or excellence in the fields of clinical radiology or radiation oncology through:

  • research
  • teaching and education,
  • any other activity that has benefited radiology/radiation oncology, its facilities or any of the services which they provide.

Two NZRET Pikimairawea Awards will be presented each year at the NZ ASM (provided eligibility criteria are met), one in the specialty of clinical radiology and one in radiation oncology.

Nominations for the 2024 NZRET Pikimairawea Awards will open in January 2024.

If you are interested in nominating a New Zealand Fellow, please see the Guidelines, Terms and Conditions and the Nomination Form.

New Zealand Announcements

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