David Jones

FPM DEAN FROM 2010 – 2012



David Jones was born in Auckland, New Zealand in 1949. Secondary schooling was completed at Henderson High School, Auckland before entry to the inaugural class at Auckland Medical School in 1968. He graduated MB ChB in 1974. He gained fellowship of the Faculty of Anaesthetists of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 1980, became a foundation fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine at the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, and was appointed to the initial board in 1998. David continued his involvement with the board, becoming dean in 2010.

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David Jones was born in Auckland, New Zealand, in 1949 of UK born parents.  His mother emigrated from UK in 1936, then trained and practiced in nursing during wartime years. His father had to finish Royal Navy service before also immigrating to New Zealand in 1948. Their encouragement of interest in nature and biology, fostered an enquiring mind and had some influence towards his later career choice.  David grew up in rural orchard, farming and vineyard countryside, where during school holidays and weekends he could partake in jobs in the surrounding land and activities. First aid training at primary school, then later through St John Ambulance cadets, contributed to the decision before leaving primary school to aim for medicine.

David completed secondary schooling at Henderson District High School in Auckland. He then went on to enter the University of Auckland Medical with the inaugural class of 60 students. He graduated MB ChB in 1974.  During his final year of medical school he undertook an elective attachment in anaesthesia at Auckland Hospital which sowed a vital seed of interest in the specialty.

Following resident house officer positions in various Auckland Hospitals during 1974, then at Taranaki Base Hospital in New Plymouth where a house officer run in anaesthesia was included, David commenced formal anaesthesia training at New Plymouth in 1976, then part of Wellington regional training scheme. Following completion of his primary examination at Taranaki, David shifted south to complete training at Dunedin Hospital. He gained his fellowship of the Faculty of Anaesthetists of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 1980.

The next several years were based mostly in Anaesthesia Department, University of Sheffield, UK, and he was a recipient of a Commonwealth Medical Fellowship. His focus interest areas were paediatric anaesthesia, studies on total intravenous anaesthesia, adverse reactions to anaesthesia drugs, pain management, and computer EEG analysis searching for depth of anaesthesia parameters.

The last of these was supported by a UK Medical Research Council grant.   His remaining time in the northern hemisphere involved locum work throughout UK and Sweden, bringing many challenges in adapting to new environments, systems and languages.

Further paediatric anaesthesia experience followed during 1982 as a Fellow in the anaesthesia department of the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne before returning to Dunedin as a consultant  anaesthetist and Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Otago in 1983.

David also conducted a referral service for intradermal testing after serious adverse reactions to anaesthesia drugs from 1983 until the early 2000s. In 1984 he was appointed as the director of the pain clinic at Dunedin Hopsital, a position he held continuously under variant names until the end of 2017.

David’s involvement with professional organisations included being both secretary and treasurer of the New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists, as well as being appointed president in 1994. He was a councillor with the New Zealand Pain Society, a member of the New Zealand Committee of ANZCA, a final examiner with ANZCA and the Faculty of Pain Medicine.

He was directly involved with the establishment of the Faculty of Pain Medicine, taking roles in the initial working party, which later became the Pain Management Advisory Committee, tasked with establishing and developing the faculty. In 1999 he was elected to the initial board and continued as a board member for 12 years. In 2010 he was elected dean of the board of the Faculty of Pain Medicine. David convened the jubilee conference of the New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists combined with the Australian Society of Anaesthetists and, as well as a number of New Zealand Pain Society annual scientific meetings and has been an honorary consultant at Otago Community Hospice, a position he continues today. David was awarded a Meritorious Service Award by the New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists in 1998.



1998     Meritorious Service Award, New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists


The information in these biographies has been researched via the ANZCA Archives with the assistance of the individual Fellows.


  1. David Jones portrait (photograph), c2010