Position Statements


Our Position Statements outline NZMSA’s official opinion on a particular topic.

Position Statements are representative of the views of our members, and are used when liaising with other professional organisations, Government, or the media.



NZMSA follows guidelines in relation to producing position statements:
Principles for Guiding NZMSA positions and policy


NZMSA Position Statements and Submissions: 2018


NZMSA Position Statements and Submissions: 2017

NZMSA Climate Change Position Statement

NZMSA is concerned around the impact of climate change and has developed the above policies to act to limit the harm brought about by it.

NZMSA Waikato Medical School Position Statement

NZMSA is concerned around the ability of the health system to accommodate the increase in medical students (April 2017).

Promoting Safe Drinking Behaviour – NZMSA Position Statement

NZMSA recognises the public health impact of harmful alcohol use and seeks to promote responsible drinking behaviour by medical students. For this reason, the above policy has been developed to guide alcohol use at all NZMSA related events.


NZMSA Position Statements and Submissions: 2016

Gambling Industry Sponsorship Position Statement

The New Zealand Medical Students’ Association (NZMSA) does not and will not accept any support from the gambling industry, monetary or otherwise. As an organisation that represents the medical students of New Zealand, accepting funds from organisations which profit from gambling, would conflict with the values that we strive to uphold (March 2016).


NZMSA Position Statements and Submissions: 2015

Medical Students Commend Minister’s Move to Extend Loan Limit

The New Zealand Medical Students’ Association (NZMSA) welcomes the Minster of Tertiary Education Steven Joyce’s announcement of a student loan extension for post-graduate medical students but warns it still leaves some medical students without government assistance (December 2015).

Over 20,000 People Support Medical Students to Finish Training

Today the New Zealand Medical Students’ Association (NZMSA) supported by Annette King presented a petition with over 20,000 signatures to Parliament urging Minister Steven Joyce to remove the 7-year cap on the Student Loan for medical students (November 2015).

Bullying and Harrassment Call for Action

 New Zealand Medical Students’ Association (NZMSA) President Elizabeth Berryman says she is encouraged by the
release of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeon’s draft report on bullying and sexual harassment (September 2015).

Bullying of Medical Students is Widespread and Unacceptable

A new survey of over 300 New Zealand medical students has revealed the majority of those surveyed had experienced bullying or sexual harassment in the last year. Such behaviour was most commonly carried out by senior doctors and in some cases happened to students on a weekly or even daily basis (August 2015).

Bullying in Medicine Not Limited to Junior Doctors

Today the New Zealand Resident Doctors Association published a press release exposing the high rate of bullying and sexual harassment junior doctors experience in the medical workforce. Bullying and harassment also affects medical students say New Zealand Medical Students’ Association (NZMSA) President Elizabeth Berryman (August 2015).

Workforce and Pipeline Update

Through efforts by the Ministry of Health and DHBs, all New Zealand Government-funded medical students graduating since 2013 have been offered employment as First Year House Officers with DHBs.  Currently, Health Workforce New Zealand (HWNZ) is working with DHBs to place our 423 medical graduates, who are New Zealand citizens or permanent residents, in November 2015 (June 2015).

New Doctors Make Economic Sense

Minister Joyce has been touting that we must consider fairness to taxpayers on the student loan issues around medical students. However, New Zealanders must consider the economic impact of not letting new doctors graduate (May 2015).

Minister Joyce Is Wrong Again

Today Minister Joyce commented on our push to reinstate student loan for postgraduate students in the final year, in some cases, two years of medical school. Minister Joyce’s suggestion was that we use our Trainee Intern Grant to pay for our fees (May 2015).

Budget Prevents Doctors from Graduating

The release of Budget 2015 confirms the fears of medical students with future hopes of joining the medical workforce in New Zealand. They won’t have the opportunity to finish their degrees (May 2015).

7EFTS Lifetime Limit

NZMSA believes that the 7EFTS lifetime limit on access to the Student Loan scheme negatively impacts on equity of access to the medical degree and will reduce the retention of medical graduates, by not taking into account the length of the medical degree (May 2015).


TPPA stands for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. New Zealand Medical Students Association (NZMSA) strongly supports the international call for the independent review of health impacts of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) (April 2015).


NZMSA Position Statements and Submissions: 2013

MCNZ Prevocational Review – NZMSA Submission

NZMSA submission to the Medical Council on their review of prevocational training. This review contains a number of proposals for PGY1 and PGY2, including the introduction of a national curriculum framework, the introduction of an e-portfolio, and a requirement for 12.5% of these two years to be spent in the community or outpatient setting (May 2013).


NZMSA Position Statements and Submissions: 2012

NZMSA Submission to Finance and Expenditure Select Committee

NZMSA Submission to the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee regarding the Student Loan Scheme Amendment Bill (No 2) (November 2012).

7EFTS Position Statement

In Budget 2010/11, the New Zealand Government introduced a 7EFTS lifetime limit on access to the Student Loan Scheme (administered through an internal policy via Studylink). After lengthy consultation with medical students, the universities and external stakeholder bodies, NZMSA has taken an official position against the 7EFTS cap and calls for an exemption for medical students (November 2012).

NZMSA Submission AMC Accreditation Review

NZMSA Submission to Australian Medical Council Review for Primary Medical Education and Attributes of Medical Graduates (August 2012).

Health Equity Position Statement

In March 2011, the New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) passed a position statement on the importance of health equity and addressing the social determinants of health. NZMSA is committed to health equity and has ratified this position (May 2012).

Green Paper on Vulnerable Children

The New Zealand Government released a Green Paper on Vulnerable Children in late 2011 seeking public feedback on a number of issues pertaining to child welfare and poverty in New Zealand. Submissions were due on 28 February 2012 (February 2012).


NZMSA Position Statements and Submissions: 2011

Pharmaceutical Industry Sponsorship

NZMSA’s stance on receiving sponsorship from pharmaceutical companies (September 2011).

General Practitioner Review

The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP), Health Workforce New Zealand (HWNZ) and the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) have published proposals for a new model of GP training for implementation starting in 2012 (June 2011).

Trainee Intern Limited Prescribing

Health Workforce New Zealand in conjunction with the Medical Council of New Zealand are currently discussing the possibility of allowing Trainee Interns to prescribe a limited range of medications to patients (May 2011).

Prevocational Training Review

This submission is in response to the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) discussion paper entitled Prevocational Training Requirements for Doctors in New Zealand: a discussion paper on options for an enhanced training framework released for public feedback in May 2011 (May 2011).

Medical Student Registration

The Medical Council of New Zealand is currently exploring the potential for introducing medical student registration with the Medical Council (May 2011).

Medical Student Numbers

In 2008, the Medical Training Board recommended that the number of medical students training in New Zealand should be increased as one aspect of the strategy to tackle the current medical workforce crisis (April 2011).

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