The role of the Board is to govern rather than manage MEDSAC, determining the policies, practices, and compliance frameworks necessary to achieve the objectives of the organisation.
The MEDSAC Board is responsible for the successful operation of the organisation, setting strategies, monitoring performance and responding to changing circumstances in the best interests of MEDSAC stakeholders. It identifies principal organisational risks and ensures that there are adequate mitigation strategies in place to manage those risks.
The Board is required to adhere to the Rules of Medical Sexual Assault Clinicians Aotearoa (the ‘Rules’) and other relevant policy, legislation and regulations.
The Rules outline Membership of the Board. There may between five and twelve Directors, providing that the majority of Directors appointed at any time shall be Doctors actively engaged in a SAATS Service (Sexual Abuse Assessment and Treatment Service) in New Zealand. Up to five Directors may be appointed by the Board, with the balance of Directors elected by the membership at an AGM. All Directors (elected or appointed) shall serve for a term of two years and be eligible for re-election or re-appointment for three subsequent terms of two years.
Annette is a Registered Nurse who established INP Medical Clinic, Nelson’s Family Planning Clinic in 1989. She managed the Nelson-Marlborough sexual assault team from its inception in 2011. She has a strong background in governance in voluntary and professional capacities. In 2019 she was awarded an ONZM for services to health.
Kate Taylor has been a member of MEDSAC since 2009. She is the Clinical Lead and a rostered doctor for the Waikato Adult and Adolescent Sexual Assault Assessment and Treatment Service. She works as a GP at several high schools and has a keen interest in youth health. In 2015 she completed a postgraduate diploma in Sports and Exercise Medicine. Kate is also a member of the ACC Sexual Violence Customer Advisory Panel.
Tony Chamberlain is an accomplished author and writer utilising his senior executive and consultancy experience in professional services, private enterprise, government and not-for-profit organisations to create and implement solution frameworks that improve organisational and personal performance.
Jenny is a retired paediatrician from Hawkes Bay. She has been a member of (ME)DSAC since the early days of the organisation.She served for a number of years on the Executive and is currently a member of the Membership and Accreditation Committee.She joined the MEDSAC Board in August 2020.
Christine was a founding executive member in 1988 of (ME)DSAC. She has been on the Executive – now Board – since that time. Christine graduated from the University of Otago in 1981. She has been working in Sexual Assault Medicine since 1987, for some years seeing child and adolescent patients. Currently, Christine is the Clinical Lead of the Pohutukawa Clinic; the regional Auckland Adult Sexual Assault Assessment and Treatment Service.
Debbie Harrison trained and worked in the UK before moving with her family to New Zealand in 2008. She is a partner in a GP practice in Nelson and works as Lead Clinician in the Nelson SAATS service. She has been working as a MEDSAC doctor since 2011 and joined the MEDSAC board in 2020.
Kim Lund moved from the US to New Zealand in 2004 after working for 20 years as a Nurse Practitioner in primary care. She is currently a Registered Nurse working in forensic and sexual health and has managed the Wellington and Wairarapa Sexual Assault Services since 2008.
Dr Rachel Roskvist
Rachel Roskvist is a General Practitioner in Auckland and joined the MEDSAC board in 2019. She also works as lecturer at the University of Auckland and is part of the after hours team at Pohutukawa Clinic (the regional Auckland Adult Sexual Assault Assessment and Treatment Service). She has been working in sexual assault care since 2016.
Dr Susan Reader
Susan is of Samoan, Chinese and NZ European descent. She practices as a GP in South Auckland, and is part of the Auckland SAATS service. She has been a member of MEDSAC since 2015. She currently also sits on the board of Community Approach, a NZ Police commissioned NGO operating in Mt Roskill, Auckland.
Dr Jessica Tucker
Jess Tucker moved from the UK to Christchurch in 2010. She is a doctor at Family Planning, and at the Christchurch SAATS. She has been a member of MEDSAC since 2012. Jess joined the MEDSAC board in 2018. In between work and being a mum, she is currently studying towards a Masters in Forensic Medicine.
Melanie has been a (ME)DSAC member since 2011. She is joint lead clinician of Tautoko Mai Sexual Harm Support (previously BOPSASS) in the Bay of Plenty, where she works in the Tauranga clinic and is an examiner on the forensic roster. She enjoys a part time role as a GP and also does some urgent care work. She has an interest in the wellbeing of clinicians so completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Supervision and has a small private practice in this field. She has recently enjoyed building relationships between lead clinicians of the SAATS services, as part of her work with MEDSAC’s Clinical Services Committee.