Compass Health Friday 05 October 2012, 3:02PM
Media release from Compass Health
The Compass Health Board is pleased to announce that Martin Hefford
has been appointed as the organisation's new CEO.
Compass Health Chair Richard Tyler says Martin's background and
experience make him ideally suited to lead Compass and the primary
care network in their collaborations with DHBs and being able to
meet the challenges ahead.
Martin is currently Director Primary Healthcare and Community
Services at Counties Manakau DHB, and is also a director of
Australasian consultancy firm, Sapere Research Group.
He has 20 years' experience in health services planning and change
management and has contributed to a diverse range of initiatives,
- Integrated Family Health Centre development and locality
planning in a number of regions
- A range of programme evaluations and reviews, including for the
Health Quality and Safety Commission, the Ministry of Health and
Healthcare New Zealand
- Service development plans for a range of services, including
clinical genetics, gynaeoncology services and the Midland Region
DHBs (Regional Clinical Services Plan)
Dr Tyler says many Compass Health GPs and staff will already be
familiar with Martin through several health sector roles he has
held within the region. These include Chief Operating Officer at
Capital & Coast DHB, Group Manager Planning and Funding at Hutt
Valley DHB, Senior Locality Manager in the Health Funding Authority
and Group Manager Mental Health in the Central Regional Health
Authority. He has worked as a senior advisor for the former
Department of Social Welfare and has also held roles within the NGO
Martin Hefford said that he is delighted to have the opportunity to
work with Compass Health, clinicians and DHBs to support the
delivery of excellent primary and community health services, adding
that "there is good evidence that investing in comprehensive
primary health care will deliver better health services at a lower
cost - something we need now more than ever."
Compass Health employs over 200 people and has contracts with
more than 100 General Practices across Wellington, the Wairarapa
and Palmerston North. The PHO operates within three District Health
Board catchment areas - Capital & Coast, MidCentral and
Martin takes over the day-to-day running of the organisation
following the departure of former CEO Cathy O'Malley. Ms O'Malley
ran the organisation from its inception in 1995 and left to become
Deputy Director-General for Sector Capability and Implementation
with the Ministry of Health.
Martin will transition into his new role in a part time capacity
alongside Acting CEO Chris Kerr starting from November 5. He will
take over fulltime in the New Year.