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Council Members

 


Emma Fairs - Chair

Emma Fairs is a registered Osteopath who trained in the UK where she worked for two years before moving to New Zealand.  Emma has been working in Christchurch for the last 15 years, in her private practice; her main clinical focus has been the Osteopathic management of Obstetric and Paediatric patients.

Emma has been involved in the development of Osteopathy in NZ, both the regulation of the profession and the development of a training programme.  She was part of the NZQA panel that accredited the Masters Degree in Osteopathy at Unitec, Auckland; and for four years acted as one of the two Monitors for the supply of the Degree.  Between 1997 and 2008 she was an elected member of the Osteopathic Society of New Zealand (OSNZ) and the New Zealand Register of Osteopaths (NZRO) Committee, initially organising the supply of post-graduate education in NZ, and for the last four years in the position of OSNZ President.  Since resigning from the position of President, Emma has consulted for the OSNZ and the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand (OCNZ).

Committees: Education Committee, Registration Assessment & Examination Committee, Scope of Practice Working Group


 

Stiofán Mac Suibhne - Deputy Chairperson

Stiofán joined the Council in December 2006. He was re-appointed for a second three-year term in December 2009. He was Chair of the Council from September 2008 - February 2012. He is particularly interested in developing the scope of practice and developing post-graduate pathways for osteopaths. After the Christchurch earthquake he took a break from clinical practice to complete a Master's in Health Science (Rehabilitation) through the AUT and worked in policy development for the Australian Osteopathic Association. Developing a scope of practice framework and credentialling system for clinical special interest groups for the Australian profession before resuming practice in Christchurch.

Stiofán has a degree in Molecular Biology (Univ. London) and worked as a research scientist before undertaking audit training and working as a financial manager in social and healthcare organisations. He completed his osteopathic training in 2001, B.Sc. (Hons) Osteopathy at the London School of Osteopathy and taught for several years at both the British and London schools of osteopathy. He has several postgraduate qualifications; Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Univ. Greenwich), Certificate in Health Promotion (Open University) and Acupuncture in Western Medical Practice (British Medical Acupuncture Society / Univ. Hertfordshire).

Committees: Scope of Practice Working Group, Western Medical Acupuncture Standing Committee


Martin Lambert

Martin Lambert is a graduate of the Unitec double degree programme.  He was awarded the Master of Osteoapthy degree in 2007 and is currently in private practise in Whangarei and Auckland.  Prior to undertaking his osteopathic training, Martin worked for the NZ Department of Labour in London for 5 years before returning home to commence is studies.  While completing his studies, Martin served as student representative on the Unitec Osteopathic Programme Committee for 3 years.  Martin is one of the youngest members of Council and is looking forward to contributing towards the long-term sustainability of the osteopathic profession in New Zealand.

Committees: Education Committee, Competency Commitee


Sharon Lambert - Lay Appointee

Ngati Kahungunu ki te Wairoa te Iwi, Ngai Tamaterangi te hapu.

Sharon has worked in the health sector for 37 years, both mainstream and in Maori for Maori organisations. Maori health has always been an area of passion for Sharon but for some years now her focus has shifted to growing the Maori Health Workforce on a national scale through the partnerships of Nga Ngaru Hauora O Aotearoa, Te Kaunihera O Nga Neehi Maori and Te Whare Wananga O Awanuiarangi in the delivery of Te Ohanga Mataora Paetahi (Bachelor of Health Sciences Maori Nursing Degree) the first Maori Nursing School in Aotearoa.

Sharon is also the managing director of her own company SL Group Ltd which has run
successfully for the past 13 years. She has a Masters Degree in Indigenous Studies (2008) and a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Teaching (2000). She is pleased to be joining the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand and looks forward to developing firm relationships within this sector over her term.

Committees: Education Committee, Scope of Practice Working Group 


 

Warwick Bullen - Lay Appointee

Warwick is an honour’s (MA) graduate in geography from the University of Canterbury, a former secondary school teacher and owner of a Fine Arts gallery.  He is currently a medical agent, but is also involved in a wide variety of community organizations.

Currently, he is President Elect of the Rotary Club of Wanganui, Liaison Officer to the Rotary District Governor, Chairman, Wanganui Regional Opera Foundation, Secretary, Whanganui Community Groups’ Forum, and Secretary and Deputy Chair Whanganui Electorate, NZ National Party.

He is looking forward as a layman to promoting the profession, and contributing effectively to the Council, assisted by his broad background of community, professional and business service.  


Max Belcher

Max originally came to Osteopathy via an eclectic range of occupations that included being a forest Ranger, school teacher and an officer in the Auckland Metropolitan Fire Brigade before qualifying as an Osteopath at the Pacific College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1983. Along the way Max has acquired diplomas in Nutrition, Herbal medicine and Homoeopathy.

Initially practicing  in a small multi disciplined practice in Whangarei, the business has grown so that he now is one of the Directors of a major multi disciplined integrated health practice in Whangarei.

Max has been involved with the professional Osteopathic body for most of his career and now hopes to continue his contribution to the Profession through the Council.

Max's primary interest with Osteopathy is in the integrated practice sphere of activity and the means of utilising Osteopathy as part of a bigger picture in health promotion.


Tim Friedlander

Tim Friedlander holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Osteopathy degree from Unitec. He works in private practice in Auckland at clinics in Waitakere and the North Shore.  Tim has strong ties to education, lecturing part-time in the undergraduate osteopathy programme at Unitec and with experience in e-learning and information technology.  His interest in pain science and management has led him to further post-graduate study at Otago University where he is pursuing a post-graduate Diploma in Health Science.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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