Experts in sexual assault/abuse and non-fatal strangulation/suffocation medicine

Medical Sexual Assault Clinicians Aotearoa (medsac) is the acknowledged Aotearoa New Zealand expert body in sexual assault/abuse and non-fatal strangulation/suffocation medicine. It is recognised as such by the Ministry of Health, Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) and New Zealand Police, as well as by the Health and Disability Commissioner and international bodies such as the World Health Organisation.

We are an incorporated society and registered charity with over 450 expert clinician and allied professional members.

Purpose and ambition


Improving the wellbeing of all people affected by sexual assault and abuse.


People in Aotearoa New Zealand have equitable access to appropriate and high-quality health care in the fields of sexual assault and abuse, and non-fatal strangulation and suffocation.

Organisational structure

Medsac is governed by a Board. From 1 July 2023, medsac's structure has changed.

Restructure details

  • The previous Board Committees have been disestablished and 2 new Board Committees have been established (Clinical Governance and Corporate Governance)
  • The Board Committees are comprised of Board members
  • The work of the previous Sub-Committees and other groups have been organised into 14 Portfolios under 4 Workstreams as per the schema below
  • The Portfolios will operate as Working or Advisory Groups with:
    • an assigned Manager
    • a Portfolio Lead (clinician or specialist advisor)
    • 4 - 6 group members
  • Formal implementation of the Workstream/Portfolio structure will take several months with the form, function, and member appointments to be finalised and effective by 1 October 2023. In the meantime, existing sub-committee and other groups will continue as per the current arrangements.