College Honorary Fellowship
Dr Bloomfield was nominated by a member of the College for “his tireless work as the Director General of Health using evidence-based decision-making to inform Government.
“He has communicated with vulnerability, honesty, compassion, and logic, and re-enforced public health messaging by being a strong role model.
“He is highly respected within the College, he has been an advocate for general practice throughout the pandemic, and very responsive to the College on matters raised, addressing serious issues appropriately and in a timely way.”
Eric Elder Medal
Dr Nina Stupples, Westport
Dr Nina Stupples has worked in her Westport community for 13 years, providing consistent and quality care to her patients and ensuring they have access to high quality hospital care when required. She has been instrumental in the developing Rural Hospital Medicine in New Zealand, being the Chair of the Rural Hospital Division from 2010 until 2014, laying the foundation for the first truly generalist training programme in the country. The key feature of this programme was combining both Rural Hospital Medicine and Rural General Practice into a single training programme, with dual fellowship being an option in both vocational scopes of practice.
Nina has mentored many registrars in Westport, alongside her day-to-day practice and involvement with the Division, and she also teaches students in the Rural postgraduate programme at the University of Otago.
New Zealand rural health has benefitted from Nina’s hard work and dedication to the profession.