Emeritus Professor Ron Paterson

LLB(Hons), BCL

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Ron Paterson has been a Lecturer / Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland Faculty of Law 1986–99 and Professor of Law since 2010. He is also a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Melbourne Law School. His career has been spent in tertiary education and public service roles. 

Ron was a Deputy Director-General of Health 1999–2000, Health and Disability Commissioner 2000–2010, Chair of the Banking Ombudsman Scheme 2010–13 and Parliamentary Ombudsman 2013–16. He is Chair of the New Zealand Centre for Human Rights Law, Policy and Practice.

With law degrees from Auckland and Oxford Universities, Ron has held Fulbright and Harkness Fellowships, in biomedical ethics and health policy. He is the author of The Good Doctor: What Patients Want (2012) and co-editor of Skegg & Paterson, Health Law in New Zealand (2015). His research interests include complaint resolution, inquiries, healthcare quality and the regulation of professions.

Ron has led several major policy advisory reviews in New Zealand, including the Review of the Veterans’ Support Act (2018)and the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction (2018). Major reviews undertaken in Australia include the Review of the Use of Chaperones to Protect Patients in Australia (2017) and the Review of National Aged Care Quality Regulatory Processes (2017). 

Ron has trained as a mediator with leading US programmes in Colorado (2008) and at Harvard (2015) and undertakes mediations in the public sector. He is admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and holds a current practising certificate. 

Ron was awarded an ONZM for services to health in 2011 and made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2014.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Carnell, K., & Paterson, R. (2017). Review of National Aged Care Quality Regulatory Processes. Canberra, Australia: Australia. Department of Health.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/39637
  • Paterson, R. (2017). How well is the Veterans’ Support Act 2014 working? A chance to have your say. Wellington, New Zealand: New Zealand Defence Force. Related URL.
  • Paterson, R. (2017). Making a difference: An international perspective on the importance of complaints. Paper presented at Complaints Matter, Adelaide, Australia. 27 April - 27 April 2017. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/42845
  • Paterson, R. (2017). What patients want: Competent oral health therapists. Paper presented at Dental Council Symposium, Wellington, New Zealand. 17 March - 17 March 2017. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/42843
  • Paterson, R. (2017). Independent review of the use of chaperones to protect patients in Australia. Melbourne, Australia: Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/39086
  • Spittal, M. J., Studdert, D. M., Paterson, R., & Bismark, M. M. (2016). Outcomes of notifications to health practitioner boards: A retrospective cohort study. BMC Medicine, 1410.1186/s12916-016-0748-6
  • Paterson, R. J. (2015). Care, compassion and charity: do they have a place in modern medicine?. New Zealand Medical Journal, 128 (1427), 47-54.
  • Paterson, R. (2015). “Just ask Judi”: A patient’s story of care at the end of life. Paper presented at Forum with Dr Atul Gawande, Wellington, New Zealand. 18 May - 18 May 2015. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/42844

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