What is the National Advisory Council? 

28 July 2021

By Jamie Morris, Communications Advisor 

You might have heard the National Advisory Council (NAC) mentioned at the College’s AGM and conference, or read about it in ePulse and wondered “what is the NAC?”

The College’s NAC is made up of a Fellow from each chapter, faculty, and the Māori special representative group - Te Akoranga a Māui, and the Chief Executive. 

The Board appoints a director to attend NAC meetings, and the chair of NAC attends Board meetings in an ex-officio capacity. This provides the mechanism for matters of importance to be communicated into and out from the Board. 

Chaired by Dr Aniva Lawrence, (pictured right) the NAC meets quarterly to discuss member issues raised at a local level that may be of broader national concern. 

“NAC is reflective of the membership across the regions – it’s an opportunity for members to discuss issues and communicate important matters that affect their work, life, and training,” says Aniva.

The topic of general practitioners not being paid for producing coroner’s reports has been an ongoing issue, that NAC has been voicing concerns on for some time.  

“The College wrote to the Minister of Justice (twice) and raised the issue directly with the Minister of Health who then put it on the list of immediate action.

“The College’s Medical Director, Dr Bryan Betty continues to advocate for changes in this space.”

Other matters that NAC have recently been involved with has been the canvasing of their local members regarding proposed changes to Life Membership Rules (placed before the 2021 AGM), the issuance of medical certificates, and changes in Firearms Legislation.

When elected to the NAC Chair role two years ago, Aniva said she wanted to use technology to communicate with members around Aotearoa.

“We’ve moved to two virtual meetings each year to support the College’s sustainability initiative.”

NAC members, July 2021

  • Dr Aniva Lawrence Chair, Pacific Chapter
  • Dr Buzz Burrell Rural General Practitioners’ Chapter
  • Dr Stephen Ram, Division of Rural Hospital Medicine
  • Dr Sue Tutty, Auckland Faculty
  • Dr Shelley Louw Canterbury Faculty'
  • Dr Kirsten Tucker, Nelson/Marlborough Faculty
  • Dr Tangimoana Habib, Waikato/Bay of Plenty Faculty
  • Dr Jess Blackwood, Te Akoranga a Māui
  • Dr Katrina Kirikino, Te Akoranga a Māui
  • Dr Dayna More, Southland Faculty
  • Dr Matthew White, Hawke’s Bay Faculty
  • Dr Andrea Crichton, Wellington Faculty
  • Dr Peter Gent, Otago Faculty
  • Dr Philippa Cross, Registrars’ Chapter
  • Dr Lachie Smith, Whanganui Sub-Faculty
  • Dr Stephan Lombard, Manawatū Sub-Faculty
  • Dr Moira Chamberlain, Northland Faculty
  • Lynne Hayman, Chief Executive
The previous Board representative was Dr Lauren McGifford, who will be shared by Dr Daniel McIntosh, and Dr Kiriana Bird.