Emma Ellis

Director, Ataraxis Perinatal

I am a Specialist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and a Subspecialist in Maternal Fetal Medicine with a strong background in Service Delivery and Improvement and Education for both Health Professionals and Consumers. I am also a business woman with diverse interests in Health and well being in general and in Women’s Health and Pregnancy. My broad interests have allowed me to have a Global role in Health and Education including New Zealand, Australia, United Kingdom, Bhutan and China.

As a Doctor I am currently based at Middlemore Hospital in New Zealand and Ascot Radiology. I was the Inaugural Clinical Director of the New Zealand Maternal Fetal Medicine Network (NZMFMN) which I established and ensures all women of New Zealand have access to excellent perinatal care.

I have worked in Bhutan assisting with the inception and development of a perinatal unit and countrywide network which is now established. Deaths and serious injury for mothers and babies has now started to fall as a result of this and other initiatives. I am also actively involved in China both in education and with business interests.

I am a regular speaker and organize conferences and workshops in Australasia and Asia. I am a recognised leader in Australasia in the field of Maternal Fetal Medicine and am currently Chair of the MFM subspecialty committee of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG).

In 2010 I was awarded the Inaugural Next Woman of the Year award for my work in the development of Maternity Services. In 2013 I was a finalist in the Women of Influence Awards. I have been the media spokesperson for the RANZCOG and I have used my high profile to advantage in this role.

I am a member of New Zealand Global Women and in November 2013 I was invited to speak at the APEC Women in Leadership forum in Beijing on Health Economics and Networks as part of a Global Women Delegation.

I am on a number of Boards and enjoy these roles.