Rob Roche

At 86 Rob brings a wealth of wisdom and perspective that only age can offer. Rob was born in 1930, graduating from Otago Medical School in 1954 and working in hospitals across the North Island. He created the first methadone maintenance programme and subsequent withdrawal regime for 120 heroin addicts until the establishment of the Government-funded Methadone Maintenance programme.
Rob has been the Honorary Secretary to the NZ Medical Acupuncture Society. For nearly 25 years Rob was the Founder and Executive Medical Director of Urgent Medical Services, the largest after-hours medical deputising service in New Zealand. Since the mid-1990s Rob has worked to help disadvantaged children.