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Ministry appoints new Chief Medical Advisor

Ministry appoints new Chief Medical Advisor

The Ministry of Health has appointed Dr David Geddis as its new Chief Medical Advisor (CMA).

Dr Geddis, a paediatrician, has been Chief Medical Advisor for Waikato District Health Board for the past four years and brings to the Ministry more than 30-years medical experience.

"Dr Geddis' medical knowledge and expertise will be valuable to draw-on in his new advisory role, which he takes up in November," says Dr Poutasi.

Dr Geddis is a former Chief Medical Director of the Royal New Zealand Plunket Society, and a former senior lecturer at Otago University's Department of Paediatrics and Child Health.

He has an LLB and has worked as a medico-legal consultant in private practice, and is a former chairman of the Minister of Social Welfare's National Advisory Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse.

In his new role, Dr Geddis will be responsible for providing advice, information, leadership and guidance on a range of medical issues to the Director-General of Health, the Ministry, and Minister of Health on clinical matters affecting the New Zealand health and disability sector.

He will be largely involved in secondary care hospital issues, such as intensive care and Accident and Emergency units, and professional issues. And as well as working within the Ministry, he will work with District Health Boards and other key health organisations to ensure the implementation of consistent, coherent advice and service to the wider health sector.

The Chief Medical Advisor's role differs from the Principal Medical Advisor's (PMA) role, which Dr David Galler was appointed to earlier this year. The CMA is a full-time role, which requires Dr Geddis to advise the Minister of Health, Director-General of Health and the Ministry on a range of medical issues. The PMA role is a part-time secondment from the health sector, and Dr Galler informs the Minister and the Ministry of the sector's views. His valuable role ensures sector representation within the Ministry

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