Dr Wayne Miles works as a rural psychiatrist in Rodney, New Zealand, is the Director of the Waitemata District Health Board Research and Knowledge Centre, and is a Clinical Associate Professor at Auckland University’s Department of Psychological Medicine. He is also a Board member of the New Zealand Medical Association.
Whilst completing his specialty training in psychiatry, Wayne also obtained an Otago MD through research work into psychoendocrinology. He continues a clinical research interest, being principal investigator of a number of research trials as well as providing supervision for other researchers. He is a member of the Health and Research Council’s College of Experts.
Wayne’s involvement with the College began in 1984 as a member of the New Zealand Branch executive. He went on to many other roles, including as General Councillor, Chair of the New Zealand National Branch, Deputy Chair of the Board of Professional and Community Relations, and Chair of the New Zealand Council of Medical Colleges.
Wayne has always promoted the central role of consumers and carers in mental health services, and his work for the College over a number of years has afforded him the opportunity to form links with key members of carer and consumer organisations in both Australia and New Zealand. Currently the Chair of the RANZCP’s Community Collaboration Committee, Wayne continually seeks to promote further community engagement as part of core College activity.
In 2001, Wayne was the recipient of the Australian Centenary Medal for services to the community and mental health, and in 2006 he received the RANZCP’s Margaret Tobin Award for significant contributions to administrative psychiatry in Australia and New Zealand.