Medicines NZ Dinner

Great to meet up with Laura Huet of Cystic Fibrosis NZ (CFNZ) at the Medicines New Zealand Dinner. We enjoy good collaboration with CFNZ and a number of other NGO’s to ensure patients have a voice on all aspects of healthcare. We continue to advocate for better access to more effective treatments.



Professor Ian Frazer founder of the HPV vaccine was the guest speaker at the Medicines New Zealand Parliamentary dinner, hosted at Parliament by the Chair of Health Committee, Simon O’Connor.

The HPV vaccine protects millions of people worldwide against cervical cancer. Professor Frazer provided insight on the need to foster public and private partnerships to improve future health outcomes for patients and the importance of research and development in the health sector.

Professor Ian Frazer is the founding CEO and Director of Research at the Translational Research Institute Australia. He is President of the Cancer Council Australia and advises the World Health Organisation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on papillomavirus vaccines. He was named Australian of the Year in 2006 and was also awarded the prestigious Prime Minister’s Prize for Science in 2008.

The Medicines New Zealand Parliamentary Dinner was attended by MPs, health specialists, dignitaries, researchers and patient group representatives, including the Lung Foundation.


Thanks to MP Simon O’Connor, Chair of the Health Committee for hosting and speaking at the Medicines NZ Dinner on behalf of the Government.

We also acknowledge Medicines NZ for organising this quality event which featured special guest speaker, Professor Ian Frazer who has played a major role in the development of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.

Dr Frazer’s presentation was very insightful and it highlighted some major healthcare challenges for the future.

Pictured from left; Mark Dixon, Allergies NZ; Paul Smith, New Zealand Director, Merck Sharp & Dohme NZ Limited (MSD); Chair of the Health Committee MP Simon O’Connor and Philip Hope of the Lung Foundation.