Professor Ron Paterson

Senior Fellow (Melbourne Law Masters)

University of Auckland, New Zealand


Ron Paterson is Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Auckland and Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne. He was New Zealand Health and Disability Commissioner 2000–2010 and New Zealand Parliamentary Ombudsman 2013–2016. Ron is a member of the board of the New Zealand Health Quality & Safety Commission and a lay member of the New Zealand Medical Council.

With law degrees from Auckland and Oxford universities, Ron has held Fulbright and Harkness fellowships in biomedical ethics and health policy. He has researched and lectured in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada and Australia, and is an international expert on patients’ rights, complaints, healthcare quality and the regulation of health professions. Ron has led major inquiries and reviews in New Zealand and Australia, in patient safety and quality, medical regulation, veterans’ support, maternity care, aged care and the regulation of lawyers. He is co-editor of the textbook Health Law in New Zealand (2015) and author of The Good Doctor: What Patients Want (2012).

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