About us

Our Health Journeys is a new national e-museum; an online platform for the sharing and collecting of stories about New Zealand’s healthcare history.

About the trust

Established by the Auckland Medical Museum Trust (AMMT) in 2014, the Museum first opened its doors virtually in 2017 with Brave Hearts, a travelling exhibition that profiled New Zealand’s contribution to cardiac research and clinical care.

From this came the idea to create a different kind of museum, one that gathers our stories solely online and is able to reach all corners of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Come with us as we journey through the past and into the future, making connections, identifying parallels to the past, telling our stories, sharing our science and celebrating our trailblazing people.

Who we are

AMMT is a Registered Charitable Trust (CC50444). Its overarching purpose is to encourage a deeper understanding of New Zealand’s medical history and an appreciation of the importance of medical science in our society.

The Trust has links throughout the country to regional museums with social history and medical collections. It is a volunteer organisation whose project team has extensive experience in museum practice, education, public health, evaluation, and governance.

Caitlin Timmer-Arends
BA, BSc, PGDip Mus Stud

Caitlin is the curator of Our Health Journeys and has a strong background in the museum sector. Caitlin's previous leadership position at Waitangi Treaty Grounds saw her as an instrumental part of the build of two new museums. As an e-museum, Our Health Journeys provides new opportunities and challenges that Caitlin is excited to bring her varied experience in the museum sector to.

David Saunders
Dip. Pharm, NZ Reg Pharm. MPS, ANZCP

David is a registered pharmacist with over 40 years experience in community pharmacy and has owned pharmacies for over 35 years. He is passionate about health and its delivery in the primary sector. David has helped staff the pharmacy at MOTAT during open days and is keen to record and bring to life New Zealand’s medical history. David has spent time on both the PSNZ and PGNZ Auckland branches in governance.

David, in his spare time is an avid aviator and is currently President of the North Shore Aero Club. He has also been on the executive of Flying NZ and was the National Co-ordinatorof the Young Eagles youth programme.

Margaret Horsburgh
CNZM RN EdD MA (hons) BA

Margaret trained and worked as a nurse at Green Lane Hospital in the 1960s and 1970s, subsequently working for several decades in tertiary education. She has an ongoing interest in Aotearoa New Zealand’s medical and health heritage and in particular about telling their stories. Margaret has led the fund raising and delivery of the complex and successful medical museum projects and she continues to maintain close connections  across nursing and health.

Patrick Alley
MNZM MBChB FRACS Dip.Prof.Ethics

Patrick is a New Zealand trained general surgeon. His clinical focus has been in general, trauma and colorectal surgery. He has international awards for clinical teaching and contributions to Māori Health. Currently he chairs the National Clinical Governance Committee for Southern Cross Healthcare and is a member of the Research Ethics committee of AUT University.

Juliet Fleischl

Juliet trained as a nurse in the mid 1970s in Napier, subsequently working in critical care and nursing education in Auckland before heading overseas in the 1990s. She worked extensively in the Pacific and Asia in technical and management roles with the World Health Organization and other UN agencies. Returning to Aotearoa New Zealand in 2018, Juliet continues contract work internationally supporting human capital development towards strong health systems.

Dale Bailey
MA (hons) Geography

Dale is the Chief Executive of the Springboard Trust, a not for profit focused on strategic development of school leaders. Previously he has held leadership positions at Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand, the Education Office and Careers New Zealand. For many years he was a secondary school teacher of social studies and geography. Dale has held leadership roles on boards including Te Manawa Museums Trust, Auckland War Memorial Museum and SPELD New Zealand.

The Auckland Medical Museum Trust gratefully acknowledges its supporters and philanthropic donors

Edwards Life Sciences
Green Lane Research & Education Fund