Congratulations to Dr Norman Maclean, who has been named a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in this year’s Queens Birthday Honours.
Dr Maclean is life member of Voice for Life, and we are thrilled to see his achievements recognised.
Southland obstetrician Dr Norman MacLean says he owes a lot to his wife.
MacLean has been named a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in this year’s Queens Birthday Honours for services to obstetrics and gynaecology but said it was only through the ongoing support of his wife and family that he was able to carry out his work.
He also paid tribute to his patients and other staff he worked with at Southland Hospital during his more than 30-year career.
From 1995-2005 MacLean was Southland Hospital’s Head of Department for Women’s Health, Clinical Director of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Chairman of the Senior Medical Staff.
He was a lecturer and examiner at Otago Medical School from 1995 until 2013.
As senior staff chairman at the hospital, he improved the integration of senior medical staff and management and he was renowned for his commitment to improving obstetric services and making them available for all, even during times of staff depletion.
He was active in the Southland division of the New Zealand Medical Association, and served from 2008-2015 on the Southern Institute of Technology Human Ethics Research Committee and the Southland Medical Foundation Finance and Grants Committee.
He has served on the volunteer Child and Youth sub-committee of the South Alive project for the past four years.
He has life membership of Voice for Life New Zealand and is patron of Pregnancy Help Invercargill, Right to Life New Zealand and the Southland Multiple Birth Club.
MacLean said his career had been rewarding and enjoyable and it was an honour to have been recognised for it.