Over 90 percent of New Zealand medical professionals only carry discretionary, rather than assured, professional indemnity insurance, exposing themselves to significant professional and personal risk.
As a health professional practicing in NZ you can expect an average of one complaint a year to be brought against you. Assured cover for when you need it, has never been more important.
Why choose Medicus
Medicus offers Aotearoa’s most comprehensive professional indemnity insurance for doctors and allied health practitioners including dentists, dental technicians, nurses, physician assistants, anesthetic technicians, radiographers, physiotherapists and a variety of others.
Our insurance provides assured support in the event of a complaint, disciplinary proceedings or other legal process being brought against our members in connection with their professional services. It provides access to leading medico-legal advisory services, incident support, legal specialists and risk management.
We are a New Zealand owned and operated not-for-profit membership organisation, with insurance provided through our brokers Aon, and AA- rated NZI, one of the country’s largest insurers. Our key legal experts, Gaeline Phipps and Dr Peter Robinson, are among the most highly regarded medico-legal professionals in the country.
How we work
Medicus Indemnity insurance is managed by New Zealand's leading insurance broker, Aon New Zealand, and is underwritten by AA-rated NZI.
Your Medicus membership allows you to access our in-house medico-legal advisers at any point for support and guidance, should an incident occur. We will guide you every step of the way, providing assured support when your professional services are in question and your reputation is at stake.
The Medicus Board of Directors are all New Zealand registered or retired health practitioners or legal advisers.
Richard is a NZ graduate who trained as an upper GI and Hepatobiliary surgeon in the UK and the US. He returned to NZ in 1986 to the University Dept of Surgery in Wellington. In 1991 he founded the Wakefield Clinic for Gastrointestinal Disease which became an important private clinic in Wellington offering secondary and some tertiary care to patients with a variety of complex gastrointestinal and hepatic problems. In 1995 he opened a private basic science research facility which for 20 years conducted important research into inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancer, obesity and metabolic disease. He held a Professorial appointment within the University of Otago from 2008-13 to lead his research group, The Wakefield Biomedical Research Unit, which had transferred from the Wakefield Clinic to the University of Otago, Wellington. He was for 10 years on the Board of Directors of Wakefield Health Ltd, both before and after its listing on the NZX. He is now retired from clinical practice but continues as Managing Director of P3 Research Ltd, one of New Zealand’s leading clinical research companies, which has clinical research sites in Wellington, Tauranga, Hawkes Bay, Kapiti Coast and Palmerston North. He was President of the NZ Association of Clinical Research from 2016-2019.
He has significant interest and experience in the ever-changing medico-legal environment in NZ, having himself been embroiled, on numerous occasions during his professional career, on matters related to informed consent in a variety of jurisdictions. He joined the Medicus Board in 2018 and became its Chairman in 2021.
Medicus Chairman and Managing Director of P3 Research
Ross is a NZ trained, now retired, thoracic and vascular surgeon from Waikato Hospital, Hamilton. He has had a longstanding interest in medico-legal matters having been active both in the medico-legal section of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, and as a member of the New Zealand Panel for the Medical Protection Society from 2002-2010. He was a one-time Chairman of the New Zealand Medical Law Reform Group. He served as a territorial officer in the RNZAMC and became Director of Army Medical Services from 1993 to 1997 and subsequently Colonel Commandant RNZAMC. He was active for many years and held numerous roles including Councillor within the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. In 2011, along with Dr Peter Robinson and others he founded Medicus Indemnity NZ Inc, and was its Chairman from 2011 to 2020.
Retired Thoracic & Vascular Surgeon
Andrew is a part time family physician, convenor of Professional Conduct Committees, deputy chairman of Medic Alert (NZ), Board member of Medicus and has been a member of Angel HQ since 2009. He retired from the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) after 20 years’ service in 2016. Military roles included Health Advisor for all NZDF deployed missions, Director of Army health, Chairperson of the Five Nations Medical Intelligence Committee (2005), New Zealand’s representative on the Five Nations Health Interoperability Committee (2002 -2012) and commander on the NZ Combat Hospital in East Timor (2000). He holds a post graduate diploma in Aviation Medicine with an interest in the interface between humans and machines and is also on the board of Seen Safety.
Pippa graduated from Otago University Medical School in 1978 and after 7 years working mostly in the UK, but also Australia and New Zealand, she purchased a partnership at the Ilam Medical centre as a GP, where she still remains. Pippa also works as a Medical Officer for the Canterbury DHB (and its predecessors) performing terminations of pregnancy, as she has since 1989. In 1989 she joined the Board – of the NZMA, becoming Chairman in 1999 – 2001. In 2017-2018 she was President of NZMA. Pippa was appointed to the Southern Regional Health Authority in 1992-1996.
From 2003-2008 she was the Chair of Medicines New Zealand and the previous year in 2002, was an elected member of the Medical Council. She has 3 adult daughters and has interests in music, literature and art, travel, and wine. She has written wine columns for NZ Doctor and in the 1980s , for The Press.
Pippa graduated from Otago University Medical School in 1978 and after 7 years working mostly in the UK, but also Australia and New Zealand, she purchased a partnership at the Ilam Medical centre as a GP, where she still remains. Pippa also works as a Medical Officer for the Canterbury DHB (and its predecessors) performing terminations of pregnancy, as she has since 1989. In 1989 she joined the Board – of the NZMA, becoming Chairman in 1999 – 2001. In 2017-2018 she was President of NZMA. Pippa was appointed to the Southern Regional Health Authority in 1992-1996.From 2003-2008 she was the Chair of Medicines New Zealand and the previous year in 2002, was an elected member of the Medical Council. She has 3 adult daughters and has interests in music, literature and art, travel, and wine. She has written wine columns for NZ Doctor and in the 1980s , for The Press.
Registered Medical Practitioner (GP)
Tiff grew up in a rural faming setting in Hawke’s Bay and graduated in Dentistry from Otago University in 1987. For 24 years she served in the NZ Defence Forces as a dentist and in a variety of different roles throughout the Asia Pacific Region. After leaving the Defence Force Tiff purchased and developed further a dental practice in Kilbirnie, Wellington which was sold prior to a move to the Wairarapa. She now lives in Greytown and owns and runs a Community Dental practice in Carterton. During her years in Wellington she served two terms as President of the Wellington branch of the NZ Dental Association. From 2018 to 2020 she ran the rural graduate development program for the NZDA. For a number of years she has been involved in the promotion and financial support of placement of drinking fountains in public places in the Wellington region. She remains committed to serving her profession and encouraging honest, safe and current practice. Tiff joined the Board of Medicus in 2021.
BDS, Dip Clinic Periodontology
Peter is the principal medico-legal advisor for Medicus. Both medically and legally trained, he was instrumental in the formation of Medicus and a founding board member.
Peter offers more than twenty-five years of experience in the medico-legal field through his private consultancy to the legal, insurance and indemnity industries. He holds Postgraduate Fellowships in Occupational, Public Health, Forensic and Legal Medicine and Medical Administration. His earlier career was with the New Zealand Defence Force as a medical officer in the Royal New Zealand Navy and he was an elected member of the Medical Council of New Zealand until 2015.
He was invested as a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order for services to the Royal Family.
Dr Peter Robinson
Dr Peter Robinson
Principal Medicolegal Advisor
Our medicolegal team
NZI engage with a variety of other law firms and lawyers through-out NZ, with particular medico-legal experience and expertise on an as required basis.
Long-standing member of Medicus Legal Panel
You can contact Gaeline Phipps at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Peter Robinson
Principal Medicolegal Advisor
You can contact Dr Peter Robinson at: