Dr Matthew Drake

Matthew originally planned to train as an obstetrician, however some enthusiastic obstetric anaesthetists persuaded him that he could combine his interest in obstetrics with a career in anaesthesia. Originally from the United Kingdom, he is a full-time obstetric anaesthetist at the National Women’s Hospital in Auckland. He is the ANZCA Supervisor of Training and Provisional Fellowship Supervisor at the National Women’s and has been involved in various quality improvement projects there, including the introduction of Enhanced Recovery after Obstetric Surgery, Anaesthesia for External Cephalic Version of Breech presentation, and development of an obstetric-specific observations chart with appropriate physiological parameters for pregnant women.


Matthew is the Obstetric Anaesthesia representative on the Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee’s Maternal Morbidity Working Group, and is the secretary of the ANZCA/NZSA National Obstetric Anaesthesia Leads Network. He has a keen interest in multidisciplinary obstetric anaesthesia education, lecturing on the midwifery course at the Auckland University of Technology, and as an instructor on the PROMPT (Practical Obstetric Multi-Professional Training) and MOET (Managing Obstetric Emergencies and Trauma) courses.