G’day! I’m Nick, one of the House Officers down south in the mighty Dunedin. I joined the NZRDA team as a delegate in 2015, and have subsequently stepped into the National Executive this year as a Provincial Representative.
RMOs are working at the coalface of medicine in hospitals and primary care centres across the country. While this makes us essential to the function of the system around us, it also makes us particularly vulnerable to any changes made to that system. Though we’re used to leading the charge when it comes to medical decisions on the wards and in the clinics, we can often be left voiceless when it comes the decisions that greatly affect our working lives.
I joined the RDA team because I’m keen to see more RMO Leadership throughout our healthcare sector. The RDA has a strong history of advocating for RMOs’ interests, and helping foster an environment where leadership and clinical governance can thrive. The RDA advocates for us RMO’s through its work with the national contract (MECA) and safer rostering work throughout the country, but also helps provide a voice for those working at that coalface. I’m excited to help have the voices of our Southern DHB members’ heard.