Meet the Delegates at your DHB

Northern Region

Cam Bringans

Auckland City Hospital

I am currently a PGY3 non-trainee neurosurgery registrar at Auckland City Hospital. I am passionate about surgery, science, and team-work.

I joined STONZ because I believe that the only way to achieve truly “Safe Working Hours” is through subtle argument and evidence-based practice. STONZ advocates for those who know that experience is the key to becoming a safe doctor.

I want to help improve our union by facilitating communication between our members and the union leadership.

Imelda Hill

Auckland Hospital

Hi, I am Imelda. Currently working as a non-SET Surgical Registrar at Auckland City Hospital. I worked as a GP in Indonesia prior to coming to New Zealand in 2011.

I decided to become a STONZ delegate to help facilitate communication between the union and house officers.

Tijana Vlajkovic

Counties Manukau DHB

I am an advanced Endocrinology registrar working in CMDHB. I have a strong belief in having a good work-life balance and enjoy hikes, art, and even a bit of photography outside of medicine.

I applied to be a STONZ delegate because I wanted to be a voice for other medical trainees who are currently underrepresented at a delegate level. I am also a strong advocate for improving RMO wellbeing and want to expand on my research on perceived organisational support.

Zoe Kristensen

Auckland DHB

Zoe is a Psychiatry Registrar currently working within the Auckland Training Programme having originally trained in the UK.

She joined STONZ as a delegate to better advocate for those working within Mental Health, as often the protections negotiated for our Medical and Surgical Colleagues do not apply or help us within Mental Health due to the alternative working structures and patterns. There are also unique challenges within the specialty due to the nature of working within the community, and the demands imposed by covering multiple sites and teams whilst on call. She is no stranger to taking on these roles; she currently also sits on the Vocational Training Committee for the training program, on the Policy and Advocacy Committee for PATHA, and was previously the Student Representative within her Medical School for a number of years.

Outside of work she is an avid roller-skater. She holds previous Gold Medals from the New Zealand Roller Derby Championships, and is a coach for the Men's National Roller Derby team.

Roy Spires

Auckland City Hospital
Hello, I'm Roy, a PGY1 House Officer currently in Auckland City Hospital. I joined STONZ for its transparency, two way communication between SToNZ and its members, and the continual improvement of the MECA.  

Current passions include learning to code in Python (ever the struggle) and being a fake coffee expert.

If you ever see me in hospital, please come and say hi! 

Theo Clearwater

Starship Hospital

Theo is an Advanced Trainee in Emergency Medicine. He attained his MBChB from the University of Auckland, where he also completed his Bachelor of Music prior.

Theo is a passionate advocate for both improved training and wellbeing. He lives in Auckland with his wife, a medico-legal lawyer, and spends most of his spare time drinking coffee and craft beer.
Theo will be based at Starship Hospital for the 2021/21 training year.

Phillip Tarrant

Waitemata DHB

Phil is an Anaesthesia trainee based at Waitemata DHB for the 2021 training year.

Phil grew up in Morrinsville, moved to Auckland for Medical School and has remained here since. Keen to be involved with representation of his colleagues on a training and union level, STONZ aligns with his values and work ethics. Approach me anytime you need!

Matt McGuinness

Whangārei Hospital

I am currently a junior surgical registrar at Whangārei City Hospital. I attended medical school at UOA and have worked in Auckland since graduation.

I joined STONZ because I believe their philosophy and attitude is aligned with my own and I am keen to help members with any issues that arise. I have a passion along side surgery for doctor well-being and medical education.

Ali Sarfarazi

Auckland Region
Hi, I’m Ali a PGY-2 House Surgeon working in the Auckland region and since early medical school I have been captivated by surgery. I joined SToNZ for many reason but I particularly value their transparent and concise communication and that they place patient safety as their top priority, while allowing members the flexibility to ensure training requirements are met.

Becoming a SToNZ delegate meant I was able to disseminate these values and provide support to my peers in maintaining a safe working environment. You will find me in the coffee shop. 

Matt Stretton

Auckland DHB
Matt is an ORLHNS (ENT) trainee. He enjoys traveling (when the borders are open), eating and spending time with his friends and family. He is motivated to make work and training a rewarding and enjoyable experience and doesn’t think we should have to choose between training and life/family.

"Email me, call me, yell at me in the corridor, whatever. I want to make training better and can’t do it without our members thoughts and dreams. Always happy for a philosophical chat whilst working behind the scenes on the details. Obviously I have a surgical background, so it is even more important that our non surgical trainees/members get in touch to make sure we’re representing you all

Aysha Rashid

Auckland DHB
Aysha is an advanced trainee in General and Acute Care Medicine at Auckland City Hospital. She trained at Imperial College London and worked in England for several years before moving to New Zealand. By joining the SToNZ delegate team, she hopes to help improve working conditions for all doctors. She is keen to hear and represent your voice in key RMO issues.

Outside of work, Aysha enjoys competitive ceroc dancing, birdwatching, and trying new foods with her friends.

Diana Ng

Auckland Region
I’m an Auckland based PGY2 House Surgeon who will be a non-training surgical registrar in Feb. Initially keen for surgery, I’m now on the journey of figuring out my career. 

I believe work-life balance is important and enjoy hikes, piano, seeking good food and all things skincare. 

I joined STONZ fresh out of medical school because I value how they collectively support RMOs to becoming the best doctors by advocating for education and fighting for safe training. 

Having worked multiple part-time jobs before being a doctor, I appreciate the importance of labour rights and wish to continually advocate for RMOs everywhere. So come say hi and help us, help you! 

Carmella Catlow

Northland DHB
My name is Carmella; I am a Urology Registrar at Whangarei Hospital in Northland DHB. I am originally from Surrey in the U.K. but have always wanted to live in New Zealand. I trained at Cardiff University and after completing my foundation training I made the decision to move to New Zealand.

I decided to become a STONZ delegate as having worked in the NHS I have seen how easily working environments can become very unsafe very quickly and wanted to join a team that could effectively work to prevent this as well as improving RMO wellbeing whilst getting the most out of training. I believe that good work-life balance is key to being a good doctor. Outside of work I enjoy surfing, diving, hiking and playing netball.

Central North Island

Thomas Hoffman

Waikato DHB

I’m currently a PGY2 House Officer at Waikato Hospital. I grew up in Wellington and worked there as a physiotherapist prior to retraining in medicine. 

I joined STONZ because I believe in their philosophy of working collaboratively with DHBs to improve outcomes for patients, and the working environment for doctors.

Charles Toh

Waikato DHB

I’m Charles. I completed my medical and dental degree in western Australia and worked as a Non-training maxillofacial registrar at Auckland for the 2019/2020. I joined STONZ as I like to be involved in a union that advocating for junior doctor training and welfare.  

As a delegate I hope to help my future colleagues who might be considering OMFS as a career. In addition, continue to be an advocate for junior doctor wellbeing.

Jamie Jolly

Waikato DHB

Kia ora, my name is Jamie, and I’m a PGY2 at Waikato Public. My primary area of interest is Sport and Exercise Medicine, meaning that I want to get the most education and experience out of my time in large tertiary centres. I joined SToNZ straight out of med school because I wanted to become a safe junior doctor in all aspects of medicine, as well as establish an early postgraduate foundation for myself with a relevant diploma in PGY2.

Alex Boyle

Tauranga Hospital

I am a House Officer at Tauranga Hospital. I joined STONZ because of its philosophy which really prioritises patient care, and for its transparency.

I am currently living in The Mount and spend my spare time skiing and playing golf.

Andrew Muller

Taranaki  DHB

Hi I'm Andrew!

I'm a Junior Registrar at Taranaki Hospital looking towards a career in Orthopaedics. Within STONZ I have worked on the recently released National Manual which helps to clarify the MECA and thus reduce DHB-RMO disputes.

If you see me round the hospital please feel free to ask me any questions or raise any concerns you may have.

Lower North Island

Ravi Ram

Wellington Hospital

I am currently a non-trainee Orthopaedic registrar at Wellington for 2020/21, previously at Tauranga, Waikato and Christchurch.

I joined STONZ as I believe their philosophies promote a safe working environment for junior doctors to progress through training, managing fatigue and safe rostering.

Michael Lee

Wairarapa DHB

Hello I'm Michael, I am currently a PGY2 House officer in Wairarapa DHB. I am hoping to pursue Ophthalmology training in the future. I was born in South Korea but I am proud to call New Zealand home and feel very lucky that I have grown up with influences of two such varied cultures; I believe this provides me with unique perspectives that I hope I can use to help others.

I first joined STONZ because I am supportive of the union's ability to ensure efficient training time and safe working hours as well as other merits such as ample parental leave. I decided to become a STONZ delegate to find out more about the union itself as well as being a point of support if other STONZ members run into issues.

Dominique Brown

Palmerston North Hospital

Hi I’m Dominique, and I’m currently a non-training orthopaedic registrar at Palmerston North hospital. I initially joined STONZ as they support a working environment that values both safe working conditions and promotes training opportunities. I have since joined the delegate team with the aim to advocate for junior colleges as they progress through their careers, while ensuring they have access to safe rostering that protects their training.

Upper South Island

Jeremy Wild

Nelson Hospital

I am a PGY 6 non-training Surgical Registrar at Nelson Hospital.

I have experience in multiple surgical sub-specialties having worked in Urology, Cardiothoracics, Vascular and General Surgery Registrar positions. I am currently living in Nelson with a keen interest in football and surfing. 

Justin Parr

Christchurch Hospital

I am currently a SET 3 trainee in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Christchurch Hospital. I grew up and studied in Brisbane and moved to NZ to take up a registrar job at Waikato Hospital. I have also worked in Auckland.

I'm keen to help STONZ members make the most of their time as trainees / junior doctors at CDHB. I think the union is well placed to facilitate appropriate staffing and rostering decisions, with a focus on preservation of training opportunities in the busy clinical environment.

Nathan Schuurman

Canterbury DHB

I am currently a PGY2 Dental and Maxillofacial House Officer at Christchurch Hospital.

I aim to help represent the Dental and Maxillofacial RMO's, as well as form a connection between the Dental, Maxillofacial and Medical RMO's.

Michael Sunderland

Christchurch Hospital

I’m a Registrar based in Christchurch, I grew up in Invercargill and prior to becoming a doctor I had a stint as a squash player and started to study law when I went to university (ugh!). My wife is a surgical registrar.

I joined STONZ because of transparency. There is a real attitude of getting stuck in and working for the greater good of patients, while concurrently undertaking research to continue to foster safer rosters – working WITH our district health boards.

Darren Ritchie

Christchurch Hospital

Hi, I'm Darren, a PGY2 House Officer working at Canterbury DHB. I grew up in Ashburton and moved to Christchurch after graduating from University of Otago.

I joined STONZ as I believe it best represents the needs of our junior workforce in balancing our training and well-being through our career. I hope that as a delegate I can help my current and future colleagues in making informed decisions that have positive impacts on our workforce in the future.

Stephanie Savage

Christchurch Hospital

Stephanie is currently a Plastic Surgery Registrar at Christchurch Hospital who started training December 2019.

Stephanie joined STONZ because of their proactive attitude and is looking forward to working towards more positive change in the future.

Magnus Cheesman

Christchurch Hospital

I am now a PGY6 non training surgical registrar. I have spent time as a Registrar in Waikato, Dunedin and Southland working in Urology, Vascular and General Surgery.

I am pleased to have been associated with SToNZ right from its foundation, and the transition to delegate was an obvious move. As a delegate I have been pleased to assist with various working groups for both national and local union issues. I currently also serve as the SToNZ representative to NZMA's DiTC.

Outside of work, Magnus is happily married to a beautiful Brazilian patisserie chef, and they have 3 children.

Lower South Island

Gabriella Giacon

Timaru Hospital

I’m currently a PGY2 House Officer at Timaru Hospital. Originally from the Kapiti Coast, the South Island caters for all of my hobbies including snow boarding and mountain biking. 

I joined STONZ due to its emphasis on caring for both Doctors and patients alike. The team is progressive and transparent, and I look forward to working together to promote positive outcomes. 

Brad Atkinson

Southland Hospital
I’m Brad, a House Surgeon in Southland Hospital with a keen interest in orthopaedic surgery and research.

I joined STONZ as a Trainee Intern because I felt that the STONZ values and priorities aligned well with my own.

I’m keen to hear from current and incoming Southland RMO’s regarding any issues they are facing and help to resolve these.

Omar Mohyieldin

Dunedin Hospital

I am currently a PGY4 Surgical Registrar at Dunedin Hospital and my goal is a career in General Surgery.

I believe STONZ is the right choice for doctors looking to make the most of their training.

I look forward to being a delegate for my colleagues at SDHB.

Minesh Prakash

Dunedin Hospital 

I am currently a non-training Cardiothoracic Registrar at Dunedin Hospital. I joined STONZ because it represents fairness - for the patients, ourselves, and our colleagues.

I believe STONZ is the way forward for all doctors as their versatility in facilitating fairness for all regardless of our status, it benefits us all.

Can't find your DHB?

We don't currently have a delegate for the below DHBs, however, feel free to contact another delegate or Executive team member in the region, they'd be more than happy to help.

Lakes DHB
Whanganui DHB
Tairawhiti DHB
Hawkes Bay DHB
Hutt Valley DHB
West Coast DHB

If you're interested in becoming a delegate please get in touch

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