Dr Christine Foley, of Auckland, ONZM, for services to victims of sexual assault
Dr Christine Foley is a founding member and board member of Medical Sexual Assault Clinicians Aotearoa (MEDSAC), New Zealand’s expert body in sexual assault and sexual abuse medicine. She has helped to provide training and support programmes to clinicians, been a contributing author to the MEDSAC Manual, co-authored MEDSAC submissions on the provision of services, and served on many MEDSAC Committees. She has been an examining doctor for forensic examinations for more than 30 years. Advocacy by her and others led to the establishment of dedicated services in Auckland for Adults (Pohutukawa) and Adolescents (Te Pua Pohutukawa). Dr Foley contributed to MEDSAC’s advocacy for the establishment of a national funding system for the provision of services, which resulted in the SAATS (Sexual Assault Assessment and Treatment Services) contract.