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In the Spotlight – Dr Donald Mackie Print E-mail

DR don_mackieDr Donald Mackie has worked in medical administration and management roles in New Zealand for more than twenty years.

Don’s career in medical management began while working as Assistant Professor in Anesthesiology at the University of Michigan.  While part of the Liver Transplant Team, Don developed the Department’s first Quality Assurance Program.

Since returning to New Zealand, Don has held clinical head and chief medical officer roles, including Chief Medical Officer, and later Chief Advisor to the Director General at the Ministry of Health.

When Don first started working in medical administration, he wanted to be part of making health systems and processes work better.  However, he now thinks it is bigger than that.  Don said, “I think a big part of clinical leadership is helping people to understand the potential they have and how it can be used to do a better and broader job”.

Don strongly believes that improving health outcomes is broader than health.  At the Ministry of Health, Don worked with clinicians to address the problem with rheumatic fever in New Zealand.  He said, “Paediatricians and public health doctors recognise that poor housing is a major factor contributing to rheumatic fever in New Zealand.  It was part of my work with the Ministry to both raise the eyes to the horizon of doctors that are treating the symptoms, as well as to work with agencies outside the health sector to drive real improvements in this area”.

Don lives in Auckland with his wife, Bernadette – a nurse,  and two of their adult children. He has an uneasy truce with their unpredictable terrier.

Don enjoys time with his family and travel. A lifelong habit of reading, always three or four books on the go at once, feeds his competitive streak in trivia quizzes. He finds relaxation in all kinds of music, gravitating towards Bach, and getting out and about on a bicycle.

One thing Don would like to see changed in this world is for people to understand how much we have in common rather than focus on the differences and use that knowledge to connect.

Prepared by
Ms Gaye Britt
RACMA National Office 
Last Updated on Friday, 15 September 2017 12:36