Dr Mark Lawrence completed his medical training at the University of Otago school of medicine before receiving his fellowship in 2009. He has whakapapa (genealogical) links to Te Rarawa, Te Aupōuri and Ngā Puhi iwi (tribes). He works as a Consultant Psychiatrist in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga. He is an adult psychiatrist working within an integrated model of care with both Kaupapa Māori (Māori Model of care) and mainstream services at Tauranga public hospital. He is a recipient of the Henry Rongomau Bennett Memorial Scholarship (in memory of the first Māori Psychiatrist) and proudly the 9th Māori fellow.
Mark was the chair of Te Kaunihera from 2012 to 2015. He also completed three terms on the written sub-committee. He has been involved in multiple advisory groups including Māori health workforce development, Māori health scholarships and Māori leadership role at Tauranga district health board. For the last five years, he has served as the elected chair of the New Zealand National Committee (Tu te Akaaka Roa).
His interest includes Māori mental health development, teaching, advocacy, and policy development. He has a particular interest in improving structures and systems to achieve equity.
Mark is also a senior lecturer at the University of Auckland School of Medicine teaching and examining the undergraduate students in psychiatry. He is also an Affiliate member for the University of Otago school of Medicine, Wellington campus.
Dr Lawrence was appointed as a Casual Vacancy Board Director to the RANZCP Board in May 2021 for twelve months.
Dr Lawrence is the Chair of the Membership Engagement Committee and member of the Members’ Advisory Council and the Corporate, Governance and Risk Committee.
Dr Lawrence can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org