Full name: Northern A Health and Disability Ethics Committee

Short name: Northern A HDEC

Abbreviation: NTA

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Terms of Reference

Download Northern A Terms of Reference [DOCX, 178 KB]

Membership and attendance

No meetings were postponed or cancelled due to inability to make quorum.

Ms Kate O’Connor

Membership category: Acting Chair – Ethical and Moral reasoning/Lay
Date of appointment: 14 December 2015
Current term expires: 14 December 2020

Dr Karen Bartholomew

Membership category: Intervention Studies
Date of appointment: 13 May 2016
Current term expires: 13 May 2019

Dr Karen Bartholomew is currently employed at Planning and Funding in Auckland Waitemata DHBs working in Child, Maternal and Youth health, and is involved in a number of research projects. Karen graduated with a Microbiology degree from Massey University in 1998. She worked from a consumer perspective in a Women’s Health Collective and Rape Crisis while in Palmerston North and then moved to Auckland graduating with her medical qualification (2004) and Masters of Public Health with honours (2011) from the University of Auckland. She has undertaken a range of clinical work, with a focus on women’s health. She holds a specialist qualification in Public Health Medicine, and has an interest in women’s health, maternity, screening and public health genomics. She is also has a strong interest in public health and research ethics, and is a member of the Massey University Human Ethics Committee (Northern) and the Health and Disability Ethics Committee Northern A.

Dr Sotera Catapang

Membership category: Observational Studies
Date of appointment: 11 February 2020
Current term expires: 11 February 2023

Dr Sotera Catapang studied Doctor of Medicine at the Cebu Institute of Medicine (CIM), Cebu City, Philippines and granted license in 1976; worked with a private firm as GP before joining a residency training program (Macy Foundation grant) on Primary Care Pediatrics with Cebu Velez General Hospital, the medical training center of CIM; thereafter, joined its faculty. She acquired Master of Science in Public Health – Major in Biostatistics at the University of the Philippines (2000), under a study grant from CIM sponsored by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development. She was awarded Assistant Professor position by CIM for the Department of Anatomy-Section of Histology & Neuro-Anatomy, and concurrent Biostatistician for the Clinical Epidemiology Unit. In early 2000, she studied nursing and she became a Registered Nurse in 2004. She stayed with the academe, focused on research as professor and coordinator of medical and paramedical researches for a couple of medical schools and a national university; hence, had the opportunity to pursue PhD in Education - Major in Research and Evaluation at the Cebu Normal University, completing only its academic requirements.

Before coming to New Zealand in 2016, Sotera was invited by Chong Hua Hospital to be the Biostatistician and research consultant, advising medical staff with their research studies in support of the hospital health service improvement program, and member of the Institutional Review Board (Ethics Committee) of the hospital. In 2018, she received a Certificate of Achievement on Introduction to Statistical Investigation from Open Polytechnic NZ, an online program.

Catherine Garvey

Membership category: Lay member – Law
Date of appointment: 19 March 2019
Current term expires: 19 March 2022

Catherine qualified from the university of Auckland with a BA/LLB. Catherine is a barrister at Quay Chambers in central Auckland. She has practised law with a particular interest in medico-legal issues, since 2000.

Catherine is currently the Deputy Chairperson of the Social Workers Complaints and Disciplinary Tribunal, and a member of the Massey University Human Ethics Committee.

Dr Michael Meyer

Date of appointment: 11 February 2020
Current term expires: 11 February 2023

Dr Meyer is a senior paediatrician in neonatal intensive care at Middlemore Hospital, Counties Manukau and has broad experience in research and ethics, in both clinical and research contexts. He is also an Honorary Associate Professor at the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Auckland. Dr Meyer is active at a national level in paediatric research, including through the ON TRACK (Pilates and Physiotherapy) clinical trials network and the Australian and New Zealand Neonatal Network. He has prior governance experience, including being a member of the Institute of Child Health Research Advisory Committee, the Blood Transfusion Committee and Neonatal Management Group at Middlemore Hospital.

Dr Kate Parker

Membership category: Ethical and Moral Reasoning
Date of appointment: 11 November 2015
Current term expires: TBC

Kate works at the University of Auckland as Programme Manager of the NETwork! Project, a NZ-wide multidisciplinary project investigating the incidence, treatment and genomic basis of neuroendocrine cancer. Previously, Kate was Director of Business Operations, for Proacta, a biotechnology start-up company developed new treatments for oncology in partnership with the Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre. Kate has also worked with Auckland UniServices, focusing on commercializing technologies invented at the University of Auckland.

Before moving to New Zealand, Kate worked at GlaxoSmithkline in the UK as a Manager in the Business Projects Team, advising the R&D business on strategic and operational issues. She also spent 5 years at ISO Healthcare consulting (now part of the Monitor Group) and 6 years at CMR International, a not for profit research organization that advises the pharmaceutical industry on issues in international drug development.

She has PhD in drug development from the University of Wales (Cardiff) and an MSc in Clinical Pharmacology from the University of Aberdeen.

Ms Rochelle Style

Membership category: Ethical and moral reasoning
Date of appointment: 14 June 2016
Current term expires: 14 June 2020

Rochelle Style holds an Honours Degree in Law (University of Canterbury, 1985) and a Masters of Bioethics & Health Law (Distinction) (University of Otago, 2017). 

She was a partner in one of New Zealand’s leading law firms, Bell Gully, and acted as Litigation Counsel on behalf of PHARMAC. She is a current Ministerial appointee on the Northern A Health and Disability Ethics Committee and was a member of an expert Working Party appointed by the Ministry of Health to update the National Ethical Health Research guidelines (September 2017–March 2018). She also has valuable clinical ethics experience gained through her appointment, over 5 years, as a member of the Capital & Coast DHB’s Clinical Ethics Advisory Group.

Rochelle is also an independent researcher and consults in the bioethics space with a particular interest in data ethics and the ethics of using Artificial Intelligence in healthcare.  She has published on the governance of health data research in New Zealand and is an expert speaker on bioethics.  She has lectured to a wide range of audiences, including at the University of Otago's Public Health Summer School, Canterbury DHB, Capital & Coast DHB, the i3 Clinical Digital Academy, Waitemata DHB as well as for the Ministry of Health (Mental Health and Addiction Services and Emerging Health Technology Sections), Precision Driven Health, NZACRes, HINZ and Hack Aotearoa.

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