Minister of Health Tony RyallWednesday 02 December 2009, 11:06AM
Media release from Minister of Health Tony Ryall
Seven of the ten new National Health Board (NHB) members announced
today are doctors and nurses says Health Minister Tony Ryall.
"We need much greater clinical leadership in the public health
service as well as a sharper national focus on District Health
Boards and the Ministry of Health working together."
"That is why we've ensured there is a strong clinical leadership on
the new board as well as financial and health management expertise"
says Mr Ryall.
"This Board will be very influential in how New Zealand's health
services will develop into the future."
Establishing a National Health Board was announced recently as part
of a drive to improve frontline health services and better
supervise the $10 billion of public health funding the 21 DHBs
spend on hospitals and primary health care.
"We need to stop the 21 District Health Boards reinventing the
wheel 21 times" says Mr Ryall. "We need to get public health
services working as one system, and the NHB is a part of
The new NHB, working within the Ministry of Health, will
consolidate national planning and funding of all IT, workforce
planning and capital investment. It will also take national
responsibility for vulnerable health services such as paediatric
"Placing our doctors and nurses at the centre of how we deliver
health services is crucial to lifting performance of the public
health service. The new NHB contains very strong clinical,
financial and health management expertise."
The appointed members of the inaugural Board are:
Dr Virginia Hope (Deputy Chair) is a public health physician and
Programme Leader for the Institute of Environmental Science and
Research (ESR) at the National Centre for Biosecurity and
Infectious Disease. She was formerly a Medical Officer of Health in
Auckland and an elected member of the Auckland District Health
Board, and is currently an elected member of Capital and Coast
Dr Jeff Brown is a paediatrician based in Palmerston North, and is
the current president of the Association of Salaried Medical
Specialists. Dr Brown led the development of "In Good Hands",
guidance to help District Health Boards introduce greater clinical
leadership into the public health service.
Rob Cooper is currently the Chief Executive of the Ngati Hine
Health Trust in Northland. He is a former Maori Health Strategist
and Change Management Specialist in Maori health and Treaty policy
compliance at the University of Auckland (2000-2005). He is an
appointed member of the Auckland District Health Board
Mary Gordon is currently Executive Director of Nursing at
Canterbury District Health Board (2002-present). Prior to
this she was Director of Nursing Practice at South Auckland Health
Professor Des Gorman is the Head of the School of Medicine at the
University of Auckland. He also chairs the Clinical Training Agency
Board, which has been set up to unify workforce planning in New
Marion Guy is currently a part-time Practice Nurse in Tauranga, and
was President of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation from 2005
-2009. She is currently on the NZNO Board of Directors, and is an
elected member of the Bay of Plenty DHB (2004-present). Prior to
this, Mrs Guy was a Senior Nurse at Tauranga Hospital Emergency
Dr Bev O'Keefe is Chair of the Independent Practitioners
Association Council of New Zealand (IPAC), and a former Chair of
the General Practice Leaders Forum (GPLF). She has had her own GP
practice in Rotorua for more than 27 years.
Graeme Osborne was previously General Manager, Information
Management for ACC (2006-2009). He has held numerous
Governance appointments, including as Chair of the Government
appointed Health Information Strategy Advisory Committee
(2008-present), and as a member of Land Information New Zealand's
Hayden Wano is the Chief Executive of the Hauora Taranaki Primary
Health Organisation, and CE of Taranaki health service organisation
Tui Ora. He is a former chair of the Taranaki District Health Board
(2000-2007), a former member of the National Capital Committee for
the Ministry of Health, and earlier in his career Mr Wano was a
Dr Margaret Wilsher is currently Deputy Chief Medical Officer at
Auckland District Health Board (2007-present) and Medical Director
of Adult Health Services at Auckland City Hospital
Dr Murray Horn was appointed NHB Chair in October. Dr Horn is
a Director and Chairman of Telecom's Audit and Risk Management
Committee. He is a former Managing Director of ANZ Bank's New
Zealand operations, and former Secretary to the Treasury.