Current Board members
The following members of the Board have been appointed by the Minister of Health by Notice in the New Zealand Gazette. Membership of a Responsible Authority under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (HPCA Act) must include:
- a majority of members who are health practitioners; and
- two laypersons if the authority has at any time eight or fewer members; and
- three laypersons if the authority has at any time nine or more members.
Members are appointed for a term of three years or any shorter term that is specified by the Minister. They can be reappointed at the end of their term, but are not eligible to be a member for more than nine consecutive years.
Practitioner members appointed to the Board are not appointed as representatives of their profession. Their role is to use the clinical knowledge they have as health practitioners to ensure the ongoing safety and protection of members of the public.
The role of laypersons appointed to the Board is to ensure the consumer perspective is taken into account in any decision-making, public safety is held paramount, and implicit conflicts of interest held by practitioner members are managed appropriately.