Dr John Bonning has been a specialist emergency physician for more than 15 years, and a doctor for 30 years. He was Director of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Waikato Hospital in Aotearoa New Zealand until 2017 and Chair of the Aotearoa New Zealand Faculty of ACEM until 2018. In 2018, Dr Bonning was elected as the first Aotearoa New Zealand President-Elect of ACEM. He is also Chair of the New Zealand Council of Medical Colleges.
Having worked extensively in different EDs throughout Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia and the UK, he has a firsthand knowledge of different models of care in a variety of settings, from the smallest rural to the largest tertiary hospital. His passions in Emergency Medicine include equity and sustainability, both organisational and personal.
John has various other roles as an Advanced Paediatric Life Support (APLS) and Advanced and Complex Medical Emergencies (ACME) Instructor, a Police Medical Officer and an expert advisor to the Police, Coroner, Courts and the Health and Disability Commissioner.
With emergency departments across New Zealand at breaking point, Dr John Bonning has called on the Minister of Health to act across the healthcare continuum to help acute patients, with one of his recommendations being investment in more aged residential care (ARC) beds. Of the 40,000 beds in ARC around 40% of these provide hospital level care, at a significantly less cost than the overall cost of receiving care in a public hospital, and with residents’ remaining in a familiar environment. If appropriately medically supported ARC can be a moat that can both prevent some unwell elderly entering DHB hospitals and provide a haven for recouperation on discharge. With both hospitals and ambulance services experiencing unprecedented demand, it is imperative the Government recognise the value of ARC services.
Dr John Bonning is a highly regarded expert in the field of emergency medicine and will provide his insight on the state of the health system and how the value of ARC’s contribution can and must be recognised.