MAJ Brendan Wood

MAJ Brendan Patrick Wood C.StJ, DSD, ED, RNZAMC


I welcome the opportunity to join the Board of the Australasian Military Medical Association (AMMA). As a serving officer in the New Zealand Army Medical Corps, and Senior Lecturer in the School of Clinical Sciences at the Auckland University of technology, I am passionate the role of the Defence force medics and their delivery of prehospital care and their emergence as allied health professionals. I have served in the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) form 1980. Completing a full career as a soldier, NCO, Warrant Officer, with appointments as RSM and Command Warrant Officer, I gained a commission and hold the rank of Major in the Royal New Zealand Army Medical Corps. I have completed operational deployments with the NZDF as well as eight years of regular force service, concluding this with an appointment in 2014, as the Chief Instructor of the Defence Health School. I remain a member of the NZ Army Reserve. I have been involved with the delivery of emergency ambulance services and the training and development of health and military leaders in an operational and strategic level for nearly 40 years. Gaining a National Certificate in Advanced Care 1996 I worked as an Intensive Care Paramedicand ambulance manager in the central South Island of New Zealand until 2005.  I’m currently employed by the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) as a Senior Lecturer and Military Programme leader. I volunteer with St John, New Zealand and am an appointed member to the St John New Zealand, National Clinical Governance committee. I hold BachelorHealth Science in Paramedicine; Post Graduate Certificate in Education; Certificate in Tertiary Teaching; Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management and a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Science.I am studying within a Master of Health Science Programme. I am a Commander of the Order of St John (C.St.J) and hold the New Zealand Distinguished Service Decoration (DSD).