Role Call - People on the move and getting recognition in the health sector


Role Call - People on the move and getting recognition in the health sector

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Pinnacle nursing director honoured
Jan Adams [Image: Mark Hamilton Photography]

The nursing director at Hamilton-headquartered PHO Pinnacle, Jan Adams, has been made an honorary professor of Te Huataki Waiora School of Health at University of Waikato, following her work on the Bachelor of Nursing programme.

Ms Adams joined the advisory board helping to develop the degree, which has four critical elements: primary/ community care, acute care, Māori health and mental health.

She has previously held senior roles at Waikato DHB and aged-care provider Bupa.

Youth mental health new chair
Terryann Clark [image: supplied]

Terryann Clark (Ngā uri o Ngāpuhi) is the new holder of the Cure Kids chair in youth and adoles­cent mental health at the University of Auckland. The appointment recognises Professor Clark’s extensive research in youth health and, in particular, mental health of rangatahi Māori.

Professor Clark completed a PhD in nursing at the University of Minnesota, US, in 2007, and was appointed to the School of Nursing in 2000.

She recently worked as a health promotion coordinator for tamariki/ taitamariki at the Northland PHO Mahitahi Hauora, and helped to write the youth primary mental health model, He Kakano Ahau.

National role for former PHO lead
Chris Kerr [image: supplied]

Chris Kerr has moved to Whakarongorau Aotearoa /New Zealand Telehealth Services as director of population health. Ms Kerr is leading and support­ing the mahi of the national bowel screening and cervical screening coordination centre teams, and the Quitline service.

The former chief nursing officer for Hutt Valley DHB, and later Capital & Coast DHB as well, she spent eight years as clinical director and chief operating officer at Wellington regional PHO Tū Ora Compass Health, and nine years as kaiwhakahaere/manager of Hora Te Pai Health Services in Paraparaumu.

US honours National Women’s whistleblower

Former University of Auckland professor and retired gynaecologist and obstetrician Ron Jones was awarded the 2022 Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award from the American Associa­tion for the Advancement of Science earlier this year. Dr Jones was honoured for being a key person in exposing, in 1984, ethical abuses in Herbert Green’s study of cervical carcinoma in situ at National Women’s Hospital; many participants died. Dr Jones, who was on the hospital staff, later wrote Doctors in Denial: The forgotten women in the ‘unfortunate experiment’.

Ron Jones [image: supplied]
Taranaki consumers aim to influence

Paula King and Jane Parker-Bishop are co-chairs of the inaugural Taranaki DHB Consumer Council, aimed at helping to improve the healthcare experience of the community, but particularly high-needs populations including Māori, youth, people living in rural areas and those with disabili­ties. Ms King (Taranaki Tuturu, Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāruahine) is clinical nurse educator and kaitaka­waenga/Māori liaison at Te Kahu Pairuri ki Taranaki (Hospice Taranaki). Ms Parker-Bishop says: “I’m Samoan, I’m a mum, I’m married to a Māori man, I’ve got parents, aunties and uncles. So I am that ultimate [health] consumer

Paula King, Jane Parker-Bishop [image: supplied]
Former nurse leads NZ arm of Ryman

Australasian retirement village and resthome/ hospital operator Ryman Healthcare promoted Cheyne Chalmers to a new role of chief executive of its New Zealand arm. Ms Chalmers, who began her healthcare career as a registered nurse, formerly was nurse leader at Green Lane Hospital and a senior lead at Capital & Coast DHB. She moved to Melbourne in 2009, leading residential and support services, nursing and midwifery at Monash Health. She moved back to New Zealand to join Ryman Healthcare as chief operations officer in 2020.


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