COVID-19 Technical Advisory Group

The Technical Advisory Group has been established as part of the Ministry’s response to COVID-19.


  • Dr Caroline McElnay (chair) – Director of Public Health, Ministry of Health
  • Dr Anja Werno – Chief of Pathology and Laboratories, Canterbury Health Laboratories
  • Dr Bryan Betty – Medical Director, Royal New Zealand College of General Practice
  • Professor David Murdoch – Clinical Microbiologist, University of Otago
  • Professor Michael Baker – Department of Public Health, University of Otago
  • Dr Erasmus Smit – Virologist, Institute of Environmental Science and Research
  • Dr Nigel Raymond – Infectious Disease Physician, NZ Chair of Australasian Society for Infectious Disease
  • Dr Sally Roberts – Clinical Head of Microbiology and Acting Clinical Director of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (LabPlus), National Clinical Lead for the IPC programme, Auckland DHB
  • Dr Shanika Perera – Medical Officer of Health, Auckland Regional Public Health Service
  • Professor Stephen Chambers – Infectious Disease Physician, University of Otago
  • Dr Virginia Hope – Medical Director, Institute of Environmental Science and Research
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