Jibi Kunnethedam

Jibi is a fifth-year medical student in the inaugural Taranaki Regional Rural Programme at the University of Auckland, he is the President of the New Zealand Medical Students' Association and he serves on the New Zealand Medical Association Board, Doctors in Training Council and two advisory taskforces for the Ministry of Health. He will be stepping down from these roles at the end of this year but wishes to continue his service to the student body of New Zealand by combining his passion for rural health and student advocacy as the Chairperson and National Student Representative on the NZRGPN Committee. Growing up in Oamaru, North Otago, Jibi has strong rural roots and a passion for serving the smaller communities of New Zealand. This, combined with his experience as a student leader, has led to the development of a unique skill-set which can be used effectively as a voice for the rural health sector. He is familiar with navigating political landscapes, working successfully in a diverse team and he is genuinely interested in representing and continuing being a leading voice for like-minded students within our network.



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