Top medics to deliver 2013 Porritt Lecture

29 October 2013
Pain management is the main theme of this year’s Porritt Lecture on 21 November – a subject that organiser and Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) anaesthetist Leinani Aiono is keen to put under the spotlight.
Dr Aiono leaves Wanganui Hospital in early December to spend a year studying at the Auckland Regional Pain Centre. Fittingly, she’s invited Capital and Coast District Health Board (CCDHB) pain management clinical leader Dr Paul Hardy to be this year’s Porritt Lecture keynote speaker. Dr Hardy will give the 7.30pm public lecture at the Kingsgate Hotel.
Earlier in the day WDHB registered nurse Anna Lawson, Whanganui physiotherapist Gregory Bell, CCDHB pain management service clinical psychologist John Moffat, Palmerston North palliative care specialist Simon Allan and WDHB consultant anaesthetist Mike Miller will address WDHB staff and invited guests.
Dr Aiono says the more she learns about the Porritt Lecture the more delighted she is to have been invited to organise the event. She says it’s a wonderful opportunity to honour Lord Arthur Porritt who delivered the first Porritt Lecture 48 years ago.
Born in Whanganui and educated at Wanganui Collegiate School, Lord Porritt studied medicine at Otago University from 1920 until 1923 when he was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Magdalen College, Oxford from 1924 to 1926.
In 1924, he represented New Zealand at the 1924 Summer Olympics in France. After graduating he became a house surgeon at Mary’s Hospital, London before becoming King’s surgeon to George VI from 1946 to 1952 and Serjeant Surgeon to Queen Elizabeth until 1967.
Lord Porritt was knighted in 1950 and became a baronet in 1963. In 1967, Lord Porritt returned to New Zealand as the 11th Governor-General of New Zealand and the first born in New Zealand.
When elevated to the peerage in 1973, he chose to honour his home town and was created Baron Porritt of Wanganui in New Zealand and of Hamstead in Greater London.
Lord Porritt died in London at the age of 93. His son Jonathon Porritt is a well known environmental activist.
The Porritt Lectures were established by renowned physician Dr Peter Powles who worked at Wanganui Hospital for most of his career.
  • A $20 charge for attending the afternoon lecture will cover afternoon tea and a light evening meal. For the public lecture at 7.30pm, there is no need to book and no charge to be paid.