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, 35 KB]

Membership and attendance

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

Catherine Garvey (Chair)

Membership category: Lay (Law)
Date of appointment: 11 August 2021
Current term expires: 11 August 2024

Catherine qualified from the university of Auckland with a LLB/BA. Catherine is a barrister at Quay Chambers in central Auckland. She has been practising 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 Sotera Catapang

Membership category: Non-Lay (Observational Studies)
Date of appointment: 11 February 2020
Current term expires: 11 February 2023

Sotera studied Doctor of Medicine at the Cebu Institute of Medicine (CIM), Cebu City, Philippines and was granted license in 1976; worked with a private firm as general practitioner 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, she joined its faculty. She acquired a 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 the Assistant Professor position by CIM for the Department of Anatomy-Section of Histology and 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 academy, 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 a PhD in Education - Majoring 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.

Dr Kate Parker

Membership category: Non-Lay (Observational Studies)
Date of appointment: 11 November 2015
Current term expires: 11 February 2023

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 United Kingdom as a Manager in the Business Projects Team, advising the R&D business on strategic and operational issues. She also spent five years at ISO Healthcare consulting (now part of the Monitor Group) and six years at CMR International, a not for profit research organisation that advises the pharmaceutical industry on issues in international drug development.

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

Jade Scott

Membership category: Non-Lay (Intervention Studies)
Date of appointment: 15 August 2021
Current term expires: 15 August 2024

Jade is currently employed as a Clinical Trial Monitor/Quality Manager for Cancer Trials New Zealand at the University of Auckland. She has worked in Oncology Research for almost 20 years and has previously held positions at the Auckland Breast Cancer Registry and Auckland Hospital Cancer and Blood Research. 

She has a Master’s and a Bachelor’s degree in Science from the University of Auckland. 

Jade is of Māori descent (Ngāpuhi) and brings an awareness of Te Reo Māori and Tikanga Māori.

Jonathan Darby

Membership category: Lay (Law/Ethical Reasoning)
Date of appointment: 13 August 2021
Current term expires: 13 August 2024

Based in Auckland, Jonathan has considerable insight into the Health and disability sector with lived experience of disability. He works as a community liaison with the Electoral Commission. He served as a member of the Advisory Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology from 2013 to 2020. Jonathan holds a law degree from Canterbury University and a Post Graduate Diploma with Distinction in Health Sciences (Endorsed in Bioethics) from Otago University.

Dr Andrea Forde

Membership category: Non-lay (Intervention studies)
Date of appointment: December 2021
Current term expires: December 2024

Andrea is a public health physician with executive level expertise in governance and regulation.

Andrea is currently employed as a member of the Environmental Protection Authority, Hazardous Substances and new Organisms Committee. Her previous roles include Vaccines Medical Director at GSK Australia and New Zealand, and Medical and Regulatory Affairs Director Australia and New Zealand at Sanofi Pasteur. She has also held a range of roles at the Ministry of Health including Senior Advisor Public Health Medicine in Communicable Disease and Principal Technical Specialist in Medsafe.

Andrea is a member of the Australian Society of Infectious Diseases, the International Society of Infectious Diseases, and the Public Health Association of Australia.

Derek Chang

Membership category: Non-lay (Intervention studies)
Date of appointment: July 2022
Current term expires:  July 2025

Derek is currently employed as Programme Manager for Primary Mental Health and Addictions. He has medical background and spent the past 10 years as clinician and service managers in mental health and addiction and disability sectors in New Zealand.  

Derek holds postgraduate qualifications in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Public Health and Mental Health and Addiction from University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology.

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