Nominations for the role of College President Elect closed on
Friday 16 July 2021.
Only one nomination has been received, and an election is
therefore not necessary.
The College is very pleased to announce Dr Collin Tukuitonga has
been elected to the position of College President Elect, with
effect from 1 September 2021.
Collin's brief biographical follows:
Collin is an experienced GP and Fellow of the Royal NZ College
of GPs. Following general practice, he completed a Master of
Public Health from Sydney University and completed the training
requirements for specialty registration in public health medicine.
Collin has held a number of public health roles with the
University of Auckland, Northern Regional Health Authority and
other regional organisations. He was the Director of Public Health
for NZ, before joining WHO as Head of Surveillance of Chronic
Diseases. He was the Chief Executive of the NZ Ministry of
Pacific Island Affairs before joining the Pacific Community as
Director General. In March 2020, he was appointed the inaugural
Dean Pacific and Associate Professor of Public Health in the
Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland.
Collin has been active in these roles in public health teaching,
research and policy with a particular focus on the health of
Pacific people. He has also been active in the development of
Māori health initiatives, such as the development of the
Certificate of Health Science for Māori and Pacific Students at the
University of Auckland. He has been an active member of NZCPHM and
its earlier NZCCM and AFPHM including as trainer and
examiner. He is currently the Pacific member of the NZCPHM
Council and Chair of the Pacific Caucus.
Collin also sits on the Boards of NZ Quality and Safety
Commission, A Better Start, and International Science Council and
is a member of CAP203), World Council of Public Health
Associations, and the World Obesity Forum. He is also a former
Board member Countries Manukau District Health Board.
(Nominator: Prof. Faafetai Sopoaga)