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Dr Antony Whitehead

General Practitioner


MB ChB 1983 Cape Town; FRNZCGP 2000


Tony came to Kawerau in 1989 and was involved with the establishment of the Tarawera Medical Centre as Kawerau’s first group practice.
He trained in Cape Town and gained a lot of experience working in a number of provincial hospitals in Kwa Zulu Natal. After initial periods rotating through Medicine, Surgery (including Plastics, Urology and ENT) and Paediatrics he spent three years as a surgical registrar doing General, Plastic and Orthopaedic Surgery, before spending a year in Anaesthetics and gaining a Diploma in Anaesthetics. Before embarking on training in Ophthalmology he came to New Zealand for a year to pursue trout and working in Kawerau resulted in a complete career change with Ophthalmology being abandoned in favour of General Practice. Twenty nine years later the initial year seems to have stretched out a bit!

He completed his postgraduate GP specialisation in New Zealand and gained his Fellowship of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners in 1994. He subsequently went on to study Sports Medicine through Auckland University gaining a Postgraduate Diploma. Further training with the RNZCGP resulted in accreditation as a GP teacher. He has also maintained his long interest in Skin Cancer Surgery, currently being a member of the Skin Cancer College of Australasia. He has a Certificate in Dermoscopy and Skin Cancer Surgery from Auckland University and has completed two Advanced Skin Surgery Workshops in Australia as well as a further Certificate in Dermoscopy with the Skin Cancer College of Australasia. In 2018 he was awarded an Advanced Clinical Certificate in Skin Cancer Medicine and Surgery and is the only Skin Cancer College Australasia Accredited Skin Cancer Doctor in the Eastern Bay of Plenty.

Registration Date

14 September 1989

Vocationally Registered

Yes (What's this?)

The term "vocational registration" indicates that this doctor has done some additional years of further study and has passed comprehensive examinations set by the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners. In addition to these examinations she/he has committed to an ongoing programme of study to keep up to date with the advances in general practice. His/her participation in this study programme is audited. Passing the examinations and the commitment to the study programme confers on this doctor the status of "specialist" in general practice, and is your assurance that this doctor is practicing to a high standard.

Doctors who are not vocationally registered can currently work in general practice as long as they are under the supervision of a vocationally registered general practitioner. The Medical Council of New Zealand would like all doctors who work in general practice to attain vocational registration and many doctors who are not vocationally registered are currently working towards achieving this qualification.

Contact Details

Dr Antony Whitehead is available at the following service:

This service is available at the following location:

104 Onslow Street, Kawerau