Dive Doctors

Questions relating to medical issues and treatment. Where possible and appropriate, we will request comment from qualified and reputable NZ-based diving doctors. If your query relates to a personal medical issue, we recommend you contact your GP or relevant medical specialist.

Is there any real reason for the NZ required COC to be an active Instructor

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Postby jase » Wed Jul 11, 2007 4:53 pm

Thanks Doc, that makes me feel much better about the Central Arbatration(sp). It Makes sense now. i think i would rather go to a doc that was objective and honest. CHEERS
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Postby jase » Wed Jul 11, 2007 4:56 pm

Andy - am recently qualified Instructor, so need it.
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Postby Deepsea » Wed Jul 11, 2007 4:57 pm

Hello Simon,

I posted at the same time, hope you are not upset I was not going to mention what you explained perfectly. I know some doctors overseas who would give a medical to a corpse if it had a visa card wedged in the casket.

Cheers

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Postby Andy » Wed Jul 11, 2007 5:01 pm

jase wrote:Andy - am recently qualified Instructor, so need it.


Congratulations! Yes, if you're wanting to teach (for profit) then you'll need it.

It's a pain, but easiest to grin and bear it! Hope you find a good doc locally.
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Postby Azza » Wed Jul 11, 2007 6:43 pm

In actual fact, its not that bad really...It only needs to be done every 5 years, with a self medical every year. I think my 5 year med board is up next year :(
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SPUMS list has been updated

Postby babette_dive » Tue Aug 21, 2007 11:08 pm

The list of diving doctors on SPUMS has been updated. I know because the ones that used to be shown for Wellington have disappeared.

It's not the easiest thing to search but I've found it's best to sort by city/town.

If you're not after an occupational medical and are in Melbourne on hols, then I can really recommend Vanessa Haller - she helped me with major sinus problems that had me admitted to hospital.
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Postby snirpy » Wed Aug 22, 2007 9:56 pm

hi simon,, i think coc is a good idea, it keeps track of who is teaching and where, what i dont agree with and have a problem with is the $75 dollars we pay to des each year, where does this money go?? in to his pocket? how does it cost $75 for a man behind a desk to look a piece of paper and decide whether a diver is fit when he didnt conduct the the original medical, i and many others in this field would far prefer to see a doctor face to face that charged $75 dollars for the appointment and paper work.. we as dive professionals undergo more strenuous conditions in occupational diving than students, whom are reccomended to have a medical each year. so why dont instructors have to undergo one each year, instead its every 5 years,, and in between that we fill out an evaluation form, and that costs $75 dollars??? alot can change in 5 years.. i just dont understand!!.. ?? can you shed some light on this and the possibilty of change??
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Re: Dive Doctors

Postby DiveDiva » Sat May 03, 2008 3:33 pm

I need my CoC medical soon. Who is the best, nicest, most talented diving doctor in Northland? :D
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Re: Dive Doctors

Postby Gregv » Sat May 03, 2008 6:23 pm

I'm a Department of Labour Designated Diving Doctor. Unfortunately the rest of the above doesn't apply...

Both Tim (Family Health, Whangarei) and Geoff Cunningham (Bush Road, Kamo) can do them too. Peter Chapman-Smith (Maunu) has a lot of diving medicine experience, but seems to be focusing on more lucrative aspects of medicine of late.

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Re: Dive Doctors

Postby DiveDiva » Sat May 03, 2008 6:28 pm

Sweet - thanks. That was easy!
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Re: Dive Doctors

Postby Kate » Sat May 03, 2008 7:58 pm

Totally recommend Greg 110%.
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