Airway Leads Network

The Airway Leads Network, chaired by Dr Paul Baker, has been established to foster collaboration in airway management across New Zealand.
An Airway Lead has been identified in nearly all hospitals in New Zealand that provide anaesthetic services.  The Airway Lead is an anaesthetist who promotes safe airway management within their hospital.

The Airway Leads Network was initially started in the UK following recommendations from the National Audit Project 4 (NAP 4) on airway complications (and this role was suggested many years prior by the Difficult Airway Society in 1996).  Given the constantly evolving practice of airway management and introduction of new equipment, coordination is required to ensure training is kept up-to-date and that kit is appropriate to ensure optimal patient safety.  Standardisation of kit within a hospital, training and audit/quality assurance are key roles which the Airway Lead will coordinate.

You can read an article about the Airway Leads Network published in the NZSA magazine here.

The Network held its first meeting for the year on 13 February 2019 and held a full day face to face meeting on 29 July.  Future meetings will ideally rotate round the bigger centres – Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Inaugural Airway Leads meeting in Auckland March 2018

Airway Leads for NZ hospitals:


DHB Hospital Name
Northland DHB Whangarei Hospital Lucy Stone
Northland DHB Kaitaia Hospital Randall Cork
Waitemata DHB North Shore Hospital Subita Nobre
Auckland DHB Auckland City Hospital Paul Baker (Chair)
Counties Manukau DHB Middlemore Jeanette Scott
Waikato DHB Waikato Chris Jephcott
BOPDHB Tauranga Hospital No Lead
BOPDHB Whakatane Hospital Lutz Sauer
Lakes DHB Rotorua Hospital Laura Kwan
Tairawhiti DHB Gisborne Hospital Germanicus Malmberg
Taranaki DHB Taranaki Base Hospital Charlie Brown
HBDHB Hawkes Bay Hospital Allanah Scott and Sarah Phipps
Whanganui DHB Whanganui Hospital Derek Barrett
Mid Central DHB Palmerston North Hospital Vik Singh
Wairarapa DHB Wairarapa/Masterton Hospital Chris Smith
CCDHB Wellington Hospital Sheila Hart (Secretary)
Hutt Valley DHB Hutt Hospital Peter Tobin
Nelson Marlborough DHB Nelson Hospital Alistair Mark
Nelson Marlborough DHB Wairau Hospital, Blenheim Dave Sandford
West Coast DHB Grey Base Hospital Graham Roper
Canterbury DHB Christchurch Hospitals Nick Abbott
South Canterbury DHB Timaru Hospital Alex Khrapov
Southern DHB Dunedin Hospital Chen Ong
Southern DHB Southland Hospital, Invercargill Zhao Koo


If you would like any further information regarding the Airway leads Network or have any suggestions for the members of this network please email:

Date Meeting details Location Website
2019 All day face to face meeting on 29 July Wellington
13-16 Nov World Airway Management Meeting WAMM Amsterdam