Des Gorman

Professor Des Gorman


Professor Des Gorman is a Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean, of the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at the University of Auckland. From 2005 to 2010 inclusive, he was the Head of the School of Medicine of this university.

He has a BSc, MBChB and MD degrees from the University of Auckland, as well as a PhD from the University of Sydney. The two doctorates were awarded for in-vivo research into brain injuries. Professor Gorman’s primary interests are: health system design and funding, health workforce planning and development; and, from a clinical perspective, brain injury, diving medicine, occupational medicine and toxicology. He has more than 250 publications.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of the New Zealand Accident Compensation and Rehabilitation Corporation and is the Executive Chairman of Health Workforce New Zealand - as well as being a member of the Capital Investment Committee of the Ministry of Health. He was a member of the Government’s welfare working group, whose report led to a reform of the New Zealand welfare system.

Professor Gorman is currently overseeing or is involved in health reforms in a number of different jurisdictions. He has served in both the Royal Australian Navy and the Royal New Zealand Navy. During his service in the former, he trained as both a submariner and as a diver.