SDHB member gets new role

COLLETTE DEVLIN
Last updated 08:26 09/05/2014
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RACHEL ASKEW/ Fairfax NZ
NEW ROLE: Southern District Health Board member Branko Sijnja is the new president of the New Zealand Medical Association.

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Dr Branko Sijnja has been appointed president of the New Zealand Medical Association.

Sijnja is also a Southern District Health Board member.

During his career, Sijnja had a long association with the organisation but had not been involved for about 10 years because of his work with Clutha Health First and the medical school in Dunedin.

"It all came as a bit of a surprise," he said.

He believed his various roles on the GP council and his "wise old age," and experience in the health system were reasons for his nomination.

He will take up his position on May 20. "My broad-based role will involve me being an adviser to the New Zealand Medical Association chairman."

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