Specialisation: NZ Registered Psychiatrist
Dr. Matthew Jenkins. is a psychiatrist based in the rural Waikato, New Zealand. He has sub-specialty training in Addictions and Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry; the latter being the branch of psychiatry interested in the interface between psychiatry and other medical/physical issues. Matthew has also undertaken work within the context of psychological assessment for gender-affirming hormones/surgery. Clinically, Matthew likes to adopt a professional, yet friendly approach to his patients; one, which he hopes engenders mutual trust and creates an environment of collaborative treatment planning. Matthew recognises that mental health requires a holistic approach and ascribes to the Maori model of mental health (Te whare tapa whā) which particularly emphasises the importance of family and social systems (Taha whanau). He has undertaken further training in various psychotherapeutic disciplines including:
During his career, he has presented at international conferences and published works in multiple medical journals. These topics have varied from addictions to suicide to the controversial role of the pharmaceutical industry within medicine. He is a fellow of the Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) and has been practicing in New Zealand since 2012. Matthew also works for the RANZCP on their national committee (Tu Te Akaaka Roa) on matters of national policy and mental health advocacy and, for the New Zealand Medical Council investigating issues of professional conduct. Additionally, he is employed by the University of Auckland School of Medicine in the capacity of cohort tutor. Prior to 2012, he was working as a doctor in the UK within the NHS. He is British by birth and completed his medical degree at the University of Warwick. Outside of medicine, he enjoys the outdoors, cycling and, running his small farm of llamas, chickens, and pigs.