New Zealand Branch

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, Chairperson

A/Prof Sanjay Jeganathan, Dean, Faculty of Clinical Radiology

Dr Kate O’Connor, Faculty of Clinical Radiology NZ Representative

Dr Mark Coates, Honorary Secretary/Treasurer

Dr Hugh Roberts, Branch Education Officer

Dr Verity Wood, Committee Member

Dr Stephen Wood, Workforce Representative

Dr Quentin Reeves, Committee Member

Dr Joe Feltham, Professional Practice Committee member

Dr Laura Hill, Trainee Representative

 

New Zealand Radiation Oncology Executive members

Dr Shaun Costello, Chair & ROWG Representative

Dr Keen Hun Tai, Dean, Faculty of Radiation Oncology

Dr Ziad Thotathil, Faculty of Radiation Oncology & PFEC

Dr Claire Hardie, Education & Training Committee

Dr Susan Brooks, Training Network Director

Dr Melissa James, Economics & Workforce Committee

Dr Ramesh Pandey, Media & Profile Committee

Dr Iain Ward, Quality & Improvement Committee

Dr Nichola Naidoo, Committee Member

Dr Katherine Tse, Trainee Representative

Dr Azri Yasin - Research Committee Representative

 

New Zealand Branch Activities

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

 

NZ 2021 AGM

Please find the NZ AGM 2021 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 through the District Health Boards. Applications open on 24 March 2022.

Clinical Radiology Annual National Recruitment
  • Applications open: Thursday, 24 March 2022
  • Applications close: Noon, Monday 2 May 2022
  • Interview dates: Thursday, 30 June and Friday 1 July 2022
Radiation Oncology Annual National Recruitment 
  • Applications open: Thursday 24 March 2022
  • Applications close: Noon, Monday 2 May 2022
  • Interview date: Tuesday, 21 June 2022
New Application Requirement

A new application requirement for 2022 includes a Certificate of Professional Status (COPS) from the Medical Council of New Zealand. 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.

Advocacy

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 has:
  • developed a document detailing the College’s election priorities
  • 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.

 

Events

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.

 

Prizes and Funding

A number of awards and funding opportunities for radiology educational initiatives are available to New Zealand members, thanks to funding from the NZ Radiology Education Trust (NZRET):

  • NZ Radiology Education Trust Proffered Paper Prize and the NZ Radiology Education Trust Poster Prize are presented annually at the New Zealand Branch Annual Scientific Meeting.
  • Funding for educational initiatives that fulfil any one of the NZRET’s primary purposes:
    • 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.

Funding Applications

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.

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

There are two funding rounds approved for 2022 as follows:

  • Application closing date 28 February 2022 – Consideration and outcome communicated in late March.
  • Application closing date 25 October 2022 – Consideration and outcome communicated in late November.

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New Zealand Announcements

To access the latest information and news from New Zealand, see News and Media.