MDT - New Zealand

The Australian and New Zealand Head Neck Cancer Society holds multidisciplinary care as a core value.

Multidisciplinary teams (MDT’s) of medical and allied health professionals cooperatively develop treatment options for each patient.   

For patients, MDT care improves:

  • survival rates
  • efficient  and timely progression from diagnosis to treatment
  • care in accordance with  clinical practice guidelines
  • information access
  • satisfaction
  • opportunity for second opinions
  • access to research trials

For clinicians, MDT practice:

  • reduces service duplication
  • streamlines management pathways
  • enhances communication and co-ordination
  • provides educational opportunities
  • improves patient outcomes
  • increases research opportunities

The following MDT’s in each state are staffed by many of our ANZHNCS members.    

If you notice your MDT is not listed, please email for a blank template. 

NEW ZEALAND MDM (Tumour Board)

Auckland City Hospital

Dr John M Chaplin FRACS

Chairperson: Dr John M Chaplin FRACS
Method of referral: Level 8 Radiology Conference Room, Building 1, ACH
Vicki Thomson - H&N Nurse Specialist, ORL Service
Ph: 09 375 4337  
DDI: 021 712078
Malveena Kumar -  H&N Nurse Specialist, ORL Service
Ph: 09 307 4949 ext. 29011
DDI: 021 2452627 
Medical Specialities:  
Allied Health:  


Waikato/Bay of Plenty (KKC) by digital conference (serving Central North Island) 
Meetings: every Thursday Morning 8.00am - 9.30am (approx)

Robyn Hutton

Chairperson: Dr Charles de Groot (Radiation Oncologist)
Method of referral: Digital form
Medical Specialities: ENT/Head & Neck Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology, Geriatrics, Palliative care
Allied Health: Dietetics, Speech & Language, Palliative Nurses, Oncology Nurses


Christchurch Hospital
Meetings: Multidisciplinary New Patient Clinic every Wednesday; Postoperative Multidisciplinary Meeting alternate Thursdays

Sarah Rampley ( )

Chairperson: Mr Robert Allison
Method of referral: Referral to a consultant member of the MDT or email Co-ordinator
Medical Specialities: Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Radiation Oncology, Plastic Surgery, Radiology, Pathology, Oromaxillofacial Surgery
Allied Health: Speech pathology, Nursing, Dietetics, Dentistry