Current Trust Board Members and Educational Advisory Committee

Dr Beth Messenger (Chair of the Trust Board and Chair of the Educational Advisory Committee)

Beth trained in London, graduating from Guy’s and St Thomas’s in 2000, her studies included an elective in Gisborne.  After house jobs in the west of England, she moved to Scotland intending to pursue a career in Interventional Radiology.  However, in 2004 she moved to Lower Hutt with her New Zealand born husband and baby son.  While doing A+E, she was drawn to Women’s Health, soon realizing that O+G was not her calling but that sexual and reproductive health in primary care was where she was meant to be.

Beth started at Family Planning in 2006, became Locality Medical Advisor for the Central region in 2009, also covering the Midland region for several years, before becoming National Medical Advisor in July 2018.  She completed her Diploma in Sexual and Reproductive Health in 2017.  She joined the Trust Board in August 2018, elected to the position of chair in November 2018.  Beth is also a member of the New Zealand Sexual Health Society executive committee, joining in 2017, and was a member of the RANZCOG sexual and reproductive health special interest group.

Beth has two sons aged 13 and 16.  She and her husband take part in triathlon and have become involved with the IronMaori Toa whanau.  They are also active members of their church.  In her spare time, Beth plays piano and tenor horn, and likes to sew and crochet.

Dr Brenda Stebbings (Treasurer)

Brenda graduated from Auckland Medical School in 1993, and worked as a House Officer, and then Senior House Officer in hospitals in Rotorua and Dunedin (NZ) as well as Darlington and Durham (UK).  Brenda has done GP vocational training in both Dunedin (1997) and the Southwestern Deanery, UK (2004).  However, she kept finding herself returning to the specialty of Sexual and Reproductive Health, having worked briefly in Family Planning (Dunedin, 1997) and the Pregnancy Advisory Service (Bristol UK, 2001).

From 2008 to 2013 Brenda worked as a Professional Practice Fellow at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Otago, teaching clinical skills to medical students and developing the communication skills programme. However, when she realised there was an advanced training programme in SRH, Brenda stopped teaching in order to specialise in her passion, Sexual and Reproductive Health. She qualified as a Fellow of NZCSRH in 2018.

Brenda has a Postgraduate Diploma in Obstetrics (2000), as well as

Postgraduate Certificates in Tertiary Teaching (2010) and Women’s Health (2019), all from the University of Otago.

As well as working as a Family Planning doctor, Brenda is currently studying Health Management at the University of Otago, and is particularly interested in policy and health economics. Brenda joined the Trust Board in 2019 as Treasurer, a role which she finds interesting and challenging.

Dr Natalie Renaud

Career statement

Sexual health and reproductive health have been the unifying themes during my medical career. Both specialties have necessitated keeping my generalist background from primary care well alive. I am passionate about the provision of equitable, accessible and quality sexual and reproductive health care to priority populations such as youth, Māori, migrants, pregnant women and gender diverse people.

Education and qualifications

FAChSHM (RACP) 2018; Core advanced certificate of resuscitation and emergency care (NZRC) 2018; SAATS-Link membership (SAATS) 2018; Best practice in transgender health workshop, certificate of attendance (IRIS education) 2017; HIV s100 prescriber course (ASHM) 2016; Clinical audit workshop, certificate of attendance (WDHB) 2016; PHCM 9498, epidemiology and statistics (Public Health), awarded Distinction (UNSW) 2016; Dip SRH (FPA) 2010; FRNZCGP (RNZCGP) 2010; Managing sexual problems for medical professionals, certificate of completion (STNZ) 2010; Implanon insertion and removal training session, certificate of attendance (Schering-Plough) 2009; Family Planning Certificate for doctors (FPA) 2008; Family planning’s intrauterine device certificate (FPA) 2008; Medical and forensic management of adult sexual assault, attendance certificate (DSAC Inc.) 2008; RNZCGP membership 2007; Dip OMG (University of Otago) 2006; Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO course) 2005; MBChB (University of Otago) 2004; Cambridge International A levels (Seychelles Polytechnic) 1996; Cambridge International O levels (Seychelles National Youth Service) 1994

Career history

Jan 2008 – To date: Sexual health service, Waikato Hospital, Hamilton; Jan 2007 – Dec 2012: Hillcrest Medical Centre, Hamilton; Jan 2007 – Dec 2012: Hillcrest High School, Hamilton; Jan 2008 – Jul 2009: Family Planning Clinic, Hamilton; Feb 2005 – Dec 2006: Senior House Officer at Southland Hospital; Rotations: Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, accident and emergency; Feb 2004 – Feb 2005: House Officer at Southland Hospital.; Rotations: General Surgery, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics, Urology and General Medicine (Neurology, Endocrinology); 1997– Dental Assistant, Translator for Foreign Doctors and Nurse Aid (Seychelles)

Dr Wee Ming Soh (Trainee Representative)

Wee Ming graduated with a MBBS from St George’s Hospital Medical School, London in 2006. After completion of the 2 foundation years and a year of anatomy demonstrating in the London, he moved to Auckland in 2009. Since then Ming has worked in both clinical medicine and anatomical pathology in Auckland and Palmerston North.

In 2015, Ming successfully applied for the Diploma of Sexual and Reproductive Health. He completed his obstetrics and gynaecology (O&G) clinical attachment requirements by working for 6 months as a house officer in the Palmerston North Hospital in 2016. Ming passed the requirements within the O&G diploma in 2019. He also fulfilled his clinical requirements for sexual and reproductive health (SRH) with clinical attachments in Family Planning and the Auckland Sexual Health Service through a part-time work schedule between 2016 and 2019.

Ming became an abortion service provider during his subspecialty training in ‘The Women’s Clinic’ (Palmerston North) in 2019, where he continues to work on a part-time basis. He is currently pursuing subspecialty training in vasectomy through the ‘Snip’ clinic. Ming is expecting to complete specialist training in 2021 by transitioning to the new NZCSRH Advanced Training Programme.

As a trainee representative, Ming feels privileged to be contributing to the development of a new college. He also learned that the scope of SRH is more broad and diverse than he initially thought. Ming hopes that his chosen area of medicine will also be practised by a diverse group of health practitioners reflecting the expanding range of work in the field.

In his spare time, Ming has narrowed down his sporting interest to only ocean swimming after his debut Olympic triathlon in London in 2008 and his last triathlon in Phuket in 2016 with his brother.

Dr Joanna Lambert (Deputy Chair/Secretary)

Vocationally registered in Family Planning and Reproductive Medicine I am a passionate advocate for quality, equitable Sexual and Reproductive Health across all ages, stages and genders in New Zealand.    

Employment • Senior Medical Officer Pohutukawa Clinic – Adult Sexual Assault Service Auckland April 2018 - ongoing • Roster Doctor Auckland Adult Acute Sexual Assault Service 2017- ongoing 

 Education and Training  • MEDSAC Accreditation for Adults and Adolescents Sexual Assault Medicine  • Vocationally Registered Family Planning and Reproductive Medicine, Feb 2017 • Diploma Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2010 • Diploma of Paediatrics, University of Auckland, 2001 • MB ChB, University of Otago, Dunedin, 1999

 Activities • After Hours Sexual Assault Roster Meeting Co-Ordinator April 2018 – ongoing    • Guest Lecturer for Year 2/3 Nursing UNITEC on Sexually Transmitted infections 2017 - ongoing • MEDSAC Advanced Training in Medical and Forensic Examination of Adult Sexual Assault May 2017 • St Thomas’s Primary School Kapa Haka Co-Ordinator 2017 – ongoing   • Coordinator for the Maori Pasifika Support Group at St Thomas School 2016 – ongoing  • Family Planning Journal Club Coordinator, 2016 -  2017  • Advance Cardiac Life Support Course Level 7 2016  • DSAC Paediatric Training in Medical Assessment of Sexually Abused Children and Adolescents  2012  • Expert Witness in Court for Sexual Assault Cases  2006 - ongoing • Accreditation for Medical and Forensic Examination of Adult and Adolescents, DSAC, 2009 - 2014 • Family Planning Journal Club Coordinator, 2007 - 2010 • Tutor for Gynaecology Teaching Assistant Programme University of Auckland Medical School, 2006 – 2010 • Foundation Course in Sexuality 2006 • Intrauterine Device Certificate 2005 • Medical and Forensic Management of Sexual Assault, DSAC, 2005

Skills • Clear, concise and detailed documentation  Confident and articulate   Mother of two daughters • Enthusiastic and keen to learn    Dynamic Team Member   Organising Groups of People 

Dr Anne Laking (Educational Advisory Committee member)

Anne obtained her primary medical degree from the University of Hamburg (Germany) in 1994. She met her Māori husband during an elective and immigrated to New Zealand where she completed her house surgeon years while starting their family. 

In 2001 Anne began her specialist training in Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) at the Margaret Pyke Centre in London mentored by Professor John Guillebaud. After moving to Manchester in 2003 Anne continued her training at the Palatine Centre under Dr Asha Kasliwal, the current president of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH).

Anne’s work included regular clinics at the St Mary’s abortion service, Manchester Centre for Sexual Health, menopause care and young people clinics. Anne was a FSRH Instructing Doctor for its Diploma and Letters of Competence in Intrauterine and Subdermal Implant Techniques. In 2007 she obtained her membership of the FSRH (MFSRH). 

After relocating back to New Zealand, Anne initially divided her work between Family Planning and the Pohutukawa clinic, the Auckland regional Adult Sexual Assault Service. Since 2014 Sexual Assault Medicine is her main area of work. Anne is actively involved with

MEDSAC (Medical Sexual Assault Clinicians Aotearoa, former DSAC) and a regular presenter at conferences in Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare and Sexual Assault Medicine. Anne completed a Master in Forensic Medicine through Monash University (Australia) in May 2019. In November 2019, she was awarded Fellowship of the FSRH in London.

Anne is a NZCSRH Foundation Member. She feels privileged to share her professional experience and international perspective in SRH and support the college as a member of the board and Educational Advisory Committee. 

Outside work Anne enjoys gardening and biking. In early 2020, she cycled with her husband and youngest son from Cape Reinga to Bluff (3,000km) as part of the Tour Aotearoa fundraising for Te Whare Aio, a Māori Women’s Refuge.

Dr Orna McGinn (Associate member)

Since qualifying in London in 1995, Orna has spent more than 20 years working as a general practitioner with a strong focus on supporting and advocating for improvements in women’s health. She undertook extensive training in the UK and attained postgraduate qualifications through the Faculty of Family Planning and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

Since moving to New Zealand in 2010, Orna has undertaken several leadership roles, whilst continuing to work as a general practitioner in Auckland. She was Clinical Director of East Health Primary Health Organisation in Auckland from 2016 to 2017 and was a member of the PHARMAC Reproductive and Sexual Health (RASH) subcommittee in 2017 /18.  Increasing access to contraception for women is an ongoing project and in 2018 she worked with Counties Manukau Health to establish a free contraception clinic in Mangere, South Auckland.

Orna is currently the Clinical Director for Primary Care Women’s Health at Auckland District Health Board. She chairs an Expert Advisory group for the Health Quality and Safety Commission (HQSC), which is currently developing an Atlas of Contraceptive provision looking at the variability of contraception access throughout New Zealand, and in addition is a member of the Endometriosis Special Interest Group (ESIG) of Endometriosis NZ.

Orna also has a passion for education and training and teaches at GP conferences and at the University of Auckland where she is an honorary Senior Lecturer in Women’s Health.

Jacqueline Cavanagh (Consumer Representative)

Jacqueline is an Auckland based wife and mother of one, and works in exporting and logistics. 

In 2016, she ended two planned pregnancies in the first trimester to preserve maternal life. 

Along with her family, Jacqueline believes that no one has the right to condemn any person who receives abortion care, no matter their circumstances. Some people have tried to comfort her by saying their situation was an exception, and unlike most abortions, theirs were justified. Jacqueline knows this is not true.  She says she is no different from anyone who needs an abortion for their own unique and personal reasons. "Our situations may not be identical, but the need to end our pregnancy is the same, our dignity equal, and the legal and cultural impediments we face are indistinguishable." 

Jacqueline became involved in reproductive rights activism when she began working with ALRANZ Abortion Rights Aotearoa, and joined the online support group ‘Ending a Wanted Pregnancy.’ Both these organisations gave her acceptance and solidarity, and the joy of new friendships. Today, she honours these relationships by representing the views and interests of those who choose to receive abortion care to the New Zealand College of Sexual and Reproductive Health as a consumer representative.

Jacqueline is proud of the work that her family has done in helping to revise New Zealand’s outdated abortion laws and she hope to continue representing people who make this choice, and those for whom the choice is forced upon them.

Dr Helen Paterson (Educational Expert, member of Educational Advisory Committee)

Helen (PhD, MMedsc, DTM&H ,BM) is an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist working as a Senior Lecturer and Head of Section of Women’s Health at the Dunedin School of Medicine University of Otago. She works privately as a gynaecologist and at the Southern District health Board as an abortion provider.

She is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG), Secretary of Abortion Providers Group Aotearoa New Zealand (APGANZ) member of the Reproductive and Sexual Health Pharmacology and Therapeutics Advisory sub-committee member.

She has held a number of training roles including but not limited to:

Member of the Sexual and Reproductive Health Special Interest Group and Research Assessment Subcommittee of RANZCOG

Academic representative of the NZ RANZCOG committee

RANZCOG representative on the New Zealand Sexual and Reproductive Health Educational Charitable Trust

Training supervisor for RANZCOG trainees

Senior Lecturer Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, University of Otago

Masters supervision with the Canterbury School of Medicine, Women’s Health Department

Trainee Intern coordinator DSM Women’s Health.

Research is an integral part of Helen's work, and complements both her clinical and teaching activities. She has multiple first-author papers, has 25 peer-reviewed publications, and has had work shared at many conferences through verbal presentations, posters and workshops. Her research to date has focused on two key areas to improve women’s health, and that of their whanau.

In collaboration with the three Otago schools of medicine she has led the development of the Women’s Health elearning resources and the development of a New Zealand national undergraduate O&G curriculum.

Helen is committed to the provision of reproductive and sexual health care.  Recognising that tertiary services do not presently serve the rural women of New Zealand sufficiently, she started a rural woman’s health care service called the Woman’s Health Bus, Te Waka Wahine Hauora with the intention of taking women’s health care to these communities to reduce the burden for women seeking care.

In her spare time, Helen likes mountain biking in the summer and skiing in winter. 

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