Staff profile - Dr Peter Murray
Medical advisor registrar
Dr Peter Murray never seems to be too far from the beach – perhaps a product of his growing up on the beaches of Mt Maunganui.
These days home is Island Bay on Wellington’s south coast, where he arrived after studying medicine and initial practice in Newcastle, New South Wales.
He still likes a good surf, but it’s the public health medicine training that has brought him and his young family to Wellington and the opportunity to work at PHARMAC was one not to be missed.
Public health, he says, is “often about the things you don’t notice when they work well, but which make the news when they don’t.”
Peter sees PHARMAC as a great example of a public health organisation “because it’s concerned with decisions that impact the health of the whole population.”
“PHARMAC is making robust decisions that take into account so many different factors – evidence, disparities, system-level factors. There are a lot of smart people sharing ideas and expertise from different points of view – policy, medicine, public health, pharmacy and health economics. There are a lot of different strengths at the decision-making table,” he says.
“It’s also still able to respond and be flexible to meet individual clinical needs under the exceptional circumstances pathway. We’re very involved with these individual funding applications. It’s good work, it keeps you clinically grounded.”
“We’re also working to promote clinical governance within PHARMAC, including to make sure we always get the clinical and patient voice heard in our decisions.”
(Originally published in our 2017 Year in Review)
Last updated: 25 October 2019