National Obstetric Anaesthetists (NOA)

Guiding and supporting anaesthetists who work in obstetrics in New Zealand to provide expert care for their pregnant patients. (Photo: Chair of NOA, Dr Aiden O'Donnell)

About us

NOA is a group of lead Obstetric Anaesthetists from DHBs throughout New Zealand.

The group is a joint initiative of NZSA and ANZCA, and meets several times throughout the year, including an annual meeting with Midwifery and Obstetric leads from New Zealand.

Regional Representatives


Dr Aidan O’Donnell (Chair), Dr Matthew Drake (Deputy Chair), Dr Douglas Mein (Secretary),  Dr Morgan Edwards (NZSA Representative)

Regional committees will constitute representatives from each hospital in the region, and will be coordinated by the following members:

Northern Region

Matthew Drake, (Auckland DHB), Anne Hart (Counties Manukau DHB), Clare Fisher (Waitemata DHB), Fiona Gilmour (Counties Manukau DHB), Morgan Edwards (Auckland DHB), Sharon Dempsey (Northland DHB), Tim Parris-Piper (Waitemata DHB)


Aiden O'Donnell (Waikato DHB), David Freschini (Tairawhiti DHB), Denise White (Bay of Plenty DHB), Duane English (Lakes DHB), Heidi Omundsen (Bay of Plenty DHB), Michael Booth (Taranaki DHB), Tom Lupton (Taranaki DHB), Pamela Eccles (Hawkes Bay DHB)

Central Region

Douglas Mein (Capital & Coast DHB), Alison Davies (MidCentral DHB),  Ashveer Dunpath (Wairarapa DHB), Catherine Eckersley (MidCentral DHB), Dean Walsh (Capital & Coast DHB), Deborah Gardiner (Whanganui DHB), Han Truong (Hutt Valley DHB), Jeff Suen (Hutt Valley DHB)

Southern Region

Samantha Paul (Nelson Marlborough DHB), Daniel Mattingley (Canterbury DHB), Fungai Chikosi (Southern DHB), Graham Roper (West Coast DHB), John Wilson (Southern DHB), Nigel Skjellerup (Canterbury DHB), Thomas Gough (South Canterbury DHB)